India, China, Russia vow to boost maritime trade, fight terrorism

Saul Bowman
December 12, 2017

Swaraj also proposed that the next RIC meeting be held in 2018 in New Delhi, which was accepted by Russian Federation and China.

In an address at a think tank, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said a sustainable security architecture in the Asia Pacific region can not be achieved through "bloc arrangement", in a clear signal of Moscow's opposition to the quadrilateral grouping comprising the US, Japan, India and Australia.

The three nations also expressed deep concern over the threat of weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorist groups, including the use of chemicals and biological agents for terrorist purposes.

After a separate bilateral meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Ms, Swaraj said the two countries (India and China) agreed that they "should further strengthen our mutual trust to develop a better understanding".

At their meeting on the sidelines of the 15th trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of China, Russia and India on Monday in India, Wang said China and Russia have been firmly supporting each other on issues of core interests, closely cooperating with each other on global affairs, and actively contributing to the establishment of a new type of worldwide relationship.

Releasing the communique at a joint press interaction, Swaraj said, "While discussing terrorism, I put across my view that significant rise in acts of terrorism by terrorist organisations like Taliban, Daesh, al Qaeda and LeT directly undermine worldwide peace and security and endanger ongoing efforts to strengthen the global economy and ensure sustainable growth and development".

"However, lessons should be learned and should be avoided again", he said. "We call for greater unity, stronger global partnership and concerted actions by the worldwide community in addressing the menace of terrorism in accordance with global law and the UN Charter, including the principles of sovereign equality of states and non-interference in their internal affairs", the statement said. "Foreign Minister Lavrov and I reviewed our bilateral relations and both of us were satisfied that this is the 70th year of establishing diplomatic relations between us and more than 100 programmes were organised in the two countries to commemorate the 70th anniversary".

Talking about regional issues, the Russian Foreign Minister said that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj "suggested" improving not only India-China ties but also India's relations with Pakistan. "India strongly recommends a comprehensive policy for dealing with global terrorism", Swaraj said during her address at the meeting. "We condemn all forms of terrorism and all terrorists, terror entities and organizations listed by the UN Security Council", they said.

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