Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese premier Xi Jinping for a trilateral meeting aimed at addressing various areas of cooperation among the three nations during the G-20 summit in Argentina. This was the second trilateral meeting between India, Russia and China, taking place after a gap of twelve years.
At the meeting, Modi and Xi discussed joint efforts to further enhance mutual trust and friendship between the two giant neighbours. The relations between the two neighbours were strained last year following a 73-day standoff in Doklam in the Sikkim sector of the border.
“President Putin, President Xi Jinping and I discussed a wide range of subjects that would further cement the friendship between our nations and enhance world peace,” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.
Deepening engagement with valued development partners.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 30, 2018
India called for cooperation among the G-20 countries in dealing with fugitive economic offenders and in their legal processes. It further suggested ‘joint effort to form a mechanism that denies entry and safe haven’ to the fugitives.
Stating India’s firm commitment to make the Indo-Pacific a region for shared economic growth, Prime Minister Modi said, “India will continue to work together on shared values.” He further said, “When you look at the acronym of our three countries — Japan, America, and India — it is ‘JAI’, which stands for success in Hindi.”
Calling the trilateral meeting a historic one, the Prime Minister in his tweet said, “PM @AbeShinzo, @POTUS and I held fruitful talks aimed at furthering connectivity, maritime cooperation and a stable Indo-Pacific.”