External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday held talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on key bilateral issues. The two met in New Delhi at the Russia-India-China trilateral meet. This is the first high-level visit from China after the Dokalam standoff this summer.
In their meeting, Swaraj and Wang discussed all issues of mutual interest.
“Imparting fresh momentum to our bilateral relationship, EAM Sushma Swaraj had a positive and forward looking meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ahead of Russia, India and China (RIC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
Swaraj also held a bilateral meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
“Further strengthening our strategic partnership, EAM Sushma Swaraj had a productive meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on issues of mutual interest..,” Kumar said.
The foreign ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC) are here to deliberate on a range of pressing regional and global issues, including ways to tackle the threat of terrorism and extremism, at the key meeting of the grouping.
Wang will also attend an India-China cultural event in the evening.
This is the first high-level visit from China after the Dokalam standoff in the Sikkim sector this summer. Chinese and Indian troops were locked in a 73-day border standoff from June 16 when Indian soldiers stopped Chinese personnel from building a key road close to India’s ‘chicken’s neck’ corridor.
On August 28, India announced the “disengagement” between the soldiers of the two countries. The road was being built by China in an area also claimed by Bhutan.
(With inputs from PTI)