President Kovind meets China, Russia foreign ministers


Monday's meeting comes amidst media reports of Chinese troops establishing a permanent presence near Doklam on the India-China-Bhutan worldwide trijunction.

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". "Next year we will welcome young diplomats from China and Russian Federation to India".

"Noting the significant increase of opium poppy production in Afghanistan and the nexus between narcotics revenue and its financial support for terrorism, we emphasise the need for stepping up result-oriented global efforts aimed at countering the Afghan drug threat", the statement said.

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.

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China's foreign minister Wang Yi has stressed on the importance of good relations between India and China, saying good neighbourliness outweighs "partial frictions" on the border. "And it will be better to meet again and without agenda, which will help us to expand our mutual understanding", Swaraj said. 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 chose to "disengage".

He noted that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is still deep in a vicious circle of demonstrating strength and confrontation, and the outlook is not optimistic.

Regarding her meeting with Lavrov, Sushma Swaraj said that that boht sides "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". "It is well-known that relations between India and Russian Federation are very close and friendly", Sushma said. "We wish to strengthen the trilateral dialogue for consultation and coordination on regional and global issues of mutual interest in the spirit of mutual understanding and trust". We agree to strengthen cooperation to take decisive and concerted actions against globally proscribed terrorists and terror entities. "India strongly recommends a comprehensive policy for dealing with global terrorism", Sushma said after the talks.