External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Friday will chair the 18th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Russia, India, and China (RIC). The meeting will be held in the digital video conference format. The Foreign Ministers are expected to discuss further strengthening of RIC trilateral cooperation including exchange of views on various regional and international issues of importance, Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement, said on Thursday.
The 18th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Russia, India, and China will be held on Friday. India took over the chairmanship of the RIC after the last meeting of RIC Foreign Ministers in Moscow in September 2020. Following the meeting, Jaishankar will pass on the chairmanship of the RIC to the Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China for the next one year.
In a veiled reference to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, EAM Jaishankar on Thursday said any serious connectivity initiative must be consultative, transparent and participatory and conform to principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity. Addressing the 20th Meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government, Jaishankar said India today is an emerging economic force at the global level and despite the economic devastation caused by COVID-19,
He said India believes that greater connectivity is an economic force-multiplier that has acquired greater salience in the post-Covid era.