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Russia-India-China foreign ministers to meet soon to discuss Afghan situation & fluidity in geo-politics

The Economic Times , 28 Jan 2019 - 11:53

Reporter : Hafizullah Rajabi

Foreign Ministers of Russia-India-China or RIC are expected to meet in near future in China to take stock of current fluidity in geo-politics including situation in Afghanistan in the backdrop of US decision to withdraw troops and efforts to enter into a deal with Taliban.

Strengthening multilateralism and reforming multilateral institutions including UN and WTO besides the need for open economy, countering terror, strengthening BRICS and SCO will also be on the agenda of the meet, according to informed sources. 
The meet is also significant amid evolving situation in Syria from where USA has also decided to withdraw troops and three foreign ministers are also expected to take stock of the situation in West Asia. Over the past year India has stepped up engagements with both Russia and China that included informal summits in the backdrop of tumultuous geo-politics. 
Last November Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir and Chinese President Xi Jinping, held a Trilateral Meeting in Buenos Aires on sidelines of G-20 Summit and agreed to also promote global stability. 
The three leaders had exchanged views on expanding mutual cooperation in international forums, and to encourage greater interaction among the three countries. They agreed on the importance of reform and strengthening of multilateral institutions which have benefitted the world, including the United Nations, WTO and well-established as well as new global financial institutions. The trio underscored the benefits of a multilateral trading system and an open world economy for global growth and prosperity. 
The three leaders also agreed to have regular consultations at all levels to jointly promote international and regional peace and stability, to strengthen cooperation through BRICS, SCO and EAS mechanisms, to address global challenges such as terrorism and climate change, and to encourage peaceful resolution of all differences. The three leaders had also discussed current international situation, strengthening of multipolarity and international law, joint counterwork against illegitimate sanction pressure on the states which conduct independent foreign policy, cooperation in East Asia Summit. 
"It was a very warm meeting, it was a very positive meeting. Prime Minister thanked President Putin for initiating this effort and all three leaders felt that given our respective roles as emerging economies and emerging markets, given our respective roles and influence in the world in terms of maintaining peace and stability in the region that it was perhaps important that the three countries should cooperate and coordinate in various areas in order to contribute to global peace and prosperity," Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had told media after the RIC meet. 
"…the views expressed by all three leaders were very similar. They all felt that we should work together to steer global economic governance. They felt that the three countries should work together where we could promote peace and stability in regional crisis, that we should work together on terrorism, we should work together on disaster relief and humanitarian assistance and in general the effort would be, not that the cooperation would be directed against anybody but that the cooperation would be based upon how these three countries, each having their own strengths in the world could contribute to global good," Gokhale had said in his remarks.

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