Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to India
On December 11, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi held the 15th ministerial meeting in the Russia-India-China format in New Delhi.
They discussed current international and regional issues and outlined further steps to enhance the efficiency of this trilateral cooperation mechanism. They have agreed to more closely coordinate their countries’ efforts within the UN, the G20, the SCO and the BRICS formats, as well as at regional Asian-Pacific platforms, including the East Asia summits.
This exchange of opinions has reaffirmed the coincidence or closeness of our views on a broad range of global and regional issues, including the creation of a new security and cooperation architecture in Asia Pacific. The ministers focused on the situation on the Korean Peninsula and in Afghanistan. They expressed their unanimous support for the positive changes in Syria and the idea of launching a broad and inclusive intra-Syrian dialogue.
Other priorities on the ministerial meeting agenda included combating terrorism and drug trafficking, ensuring international information security and preventing the deployment of weapons in space.
The ministers have adopted a communique based on the results of their meeting.
They agreed to hold the next trilateral ministerial meeting in China in 2018.
During his visit to India, Sergey Lavrov also met with President of India Ram Nath Kovind and held talks with his Indian colleague, Sushma Swaraj.
The Russian minister also went to the leading Indian think tank, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), where he gave a lecture on the global situation and the future of Russian-Indian relations. It was the first in a series of lectures in memory of the late Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alexander Kadakin.
Sergey Lavrov also presented Foreign Ministry badges For Contribution to International Cooperation and Interaction to several retired high-ranking Indian diplomats. The awards ceremony was timed for the 70th anniversary of Russian-Indian diplomatic relations marked this year.
Sergey Lavrov also held talks with Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi on the sidelines of the trilateral ministerial meeting. They discussed current issues of Russian-Chinese cooperation and bilateral interaction at international and regional platforms.