India to hold trilateral talks with US and Japan

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

File Photo of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Foreign ministers of India, US and Japan will hold a trilateral meeting in New York later today to boost cooperation between the three countries.

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj will hold the trilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono tomorrow on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, an Indian official said.

The trilateral meeting comes at a time when China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Beijing has built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region.

China claims sovereignty over all of South China Sea. Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims.

File photo of Rex Tillerson, flanked by his wife Renda St. Clair, left, and President Donald Trump, right, speaking during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Feb. 1, 2017, where he is sworn in as Secretary of State. AP/PTI

File photo of Rex Tillerson, flanked by his wife Renda St. Clair, left, and President Donald Trump, right, speaking during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Feb. 1, 2017, where he is sworn in as Secretary of State. AP/PTI

Apart from the trilateral meet, Sushma is also scheduled to meet Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics and her Bolivian counterpart Fernando Huanacuni Mamani.

She will address the annual session of the UN General Assembly on September 23.

(With inputs from agencies)