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FMs of India, Russia & China to meet

The three nations will hold their first structured foreign ministerial meeting in New Delhi next month.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2007 17:34 IST

India, Russia and China will hold their first structured Foreign Ministerial meeting in New Delhi next month to give a major thrust to their trilateral forum, an initiative they feel is useful for coordinating their efforts in the international arena.

The foreign ministers of the three countries will hold talks on February 14 to discuss various global issues and how they could work together on these besides boosting relations among themselves.

Foreign ministers of the three countries have so far met three times over the last two years on the sidelines of some international events -- twice on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York and once in the Russian port city of Vladivostok.

The meeting significantly comes less than a month after Summit-level talks between India and Russia in the Capital after which both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Vladimir Putin expressed interest in pushing cooperation under the trilateral forum.

Putin said the forum was "significant" as it brings the three influential countries together to address regional and international issues.

Underlining the need for greater cooperation between India, Russia and China, he said in the years to come, the three countries as well as Brazil will have significant influence on the world, particularly in the economic field.

After the meeting, Singh said the three countries were focusing on challenges like terrorism, drug trafficking and crime.

He made it clear that their coming together was in no way directed against any third country.

Putin had said the three neighbouring nuclear powers have "practically identical" views on major global problems and "our approaches on key world problems are very close".

Putin said trilateral summit was the "natural outcome" of the work started by the foreign ministers of the three nations.

First Published: Jan 28, 2007 14:06 IST