Foreign ministers meet: India, Russia, China condemn terrorism

Violet Powell
December 12, 2017

Notwithstanding the South China Sea dispute, India, China and Russian Federation on Monday agreed to support freedom of navigation and overflight rights based on the principles of worldwide law in an effort to boost maritime trade.

On his part, Wang talked about political settlement to resolve "hotspot and hard issues" and also pitched for dialogue and consultations over use of force.The Chinese foreign minister also stressed on the need to find commonalities in strategic areas.Asked if the Doklam episode came up in the talks, officials did not confirm but said "all issues of mutual interest were discussed".

During her discussion with Yi, Sushma underlined that both India and China have passed through a hard phase in their relationship and called for developing ties that is based on trust and respecting sensitivities.

A joint statement issued following the meeting said that the three sides condemned "terrorism in all its forms and manifestations including the recent heinous terrorist attacks around the world and reaffirm our determination to prevent and counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations". Economic and development issues, Fight against terrorism, Global and multilateral issues and Regional issues.

During the 15th Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral meet, the foreign ministers - Sushma Swaraj, Wang Yi (China) and Sergey Lavrov (Russia) - also discussed about the situation in Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi and his Russian Federation counterpart Sergei Lavrov held the meeting with Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj here. This was the first high-level visit from China after the Doklam standoff in the Sikkim sector this summer that lasted for 73 days before both sides made a decision to "disengage".

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They expressed deep concern over the tension on the Korean Peninsula as a result of the nuclear and ballistic missile programmes of North Korea.

Both the LeT and the JeM are UN-proscribed terror outfits.

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The three countries also said those committing, organising, inciting or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable and brought to justice.

Stating that the UN's Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs) mirror India's own vision of development, Sushma Swaraj said that Indian initiatives such as Smart Cities, Make in India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Swachh Bharat, Jan Dhan Yojana, Digital India, Skill India, and Start-up India closely related to several targets under the SDGs. Indian Government sources said the condemnation of terror and all UN-proscribed outfits in the Communique included the two terror outfits even though they were not mentioned by name.

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