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RIC meet in Delhi tomorrow: India, China, Russia to discuss pressing issues

It will be first high-level visit from China to India after Doklam standoff; Sushma Swaraj will hold a meeting with Wang Yi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Foreign ministers of Russia, and (RIC) will on Monday deliberate on a range of pressing regional and global issues, including ways to tackle the threat of and extremism, at a key meeting of the trilateral grouping in New Delhi.

It is learnt will strongly push for strengthening cooperation among the three countries in effectively countering and naming Pakistan-based terror groups such as and in the communique, citing a similar move by the BRICS grouping.

Before the trilateral talks, External Affairs Minister will hold a meeting with her Chinese counterpart during which a number of major issues are likely to be discussed.

It will be the first high-level visit from to after the standoff.

Swaraj will also hold a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister

Asked about the meeting between Wang and Swaraj, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said India expects that the deliberations will cover all bilateral, regional and global issues of importance.

Wang, whose visit here begins this evening, will also meet Lavrov and attend an India-Cultural evening tomorrow. The Chinese foreign minister will depart early Tuesday morning.

In the RIC, India is also likely to stress on a collective approach by the three countries in ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

It may also allay apprehension about joining the proposed quadrilateral coalition with Japan, and the US, which was seen as a move to counter China.

Connectivity is set to be a major focus area at the meeting and India is likely to press for speedy implementation of the 7,200 km-long International NorthSouth Transport Corridor (INSTC) linking India, Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia with Europe.

The foreign ministers' meeting was planned for April here but it had to be postponed as Wang could not confirm his participation due to scheduling problems.

There were media reports then that Wang had put off his visit to India to protest New Delhi's decision to allow the Dalai Lama to travel to However, China had dismissed the reports.

The RIC meeting is likely to review the regional security scenario, developments in the Gulf region, situation in Afghanistan and ways to tackle among others.

First Published: Sun, December 10 2017. 18:54 IST