EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday met her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of a multilateral meeting here and discussed issues of bilateral interest, including the implementation of understanding reached during last year’s Wuhan Summit. Swaraj arrived here on Tuesday to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council (SCO) of Foreign Ministers here in the Kyrgyz capital.
“Continuing the momentum of high-level exchanges. EAM @SushmaSwaraj met Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi on the sidelines of #SCO Foreign Minister’s Meeting in Bishkek. Discussed issues of bilateral interest, including the implementation of understanding reached during Wuhan Summit,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. The April 27-28 Wuhan summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping was largely credited to have turned around the bilateral relations soured by the 73-day-long Doka La stand-off, triggered by Chinese troops attempts to build a road close to Indian border in an area also claimed by Bhutan in 2017.
India had objected to it as it came close to a key highway connecting with North Eastern States. The stand-off ended after Chinese troops halted plans to build the road. After the Wuhan summit, both the countries stepped up efforts to improve relations on different spheres including the military-to-military ties. Modi and Xi issued strategic guidance to their militaries to strengthen communications to build trust and understanding, a move aimed at avoiding a Doka La like situation in the future. Meanwhile, State-run Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that Wang congratulated Swaraj for successful conclusion of the general elections in India.
Sushma, Qureshi exchange pleasantries on sidelines of SCO meeting: EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi exchanged pleasantries during a SCO meeting here on Wednesday and sat next to each other during a joint call on on Kyrgyz President, amid strained ties between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. India committed to peace process in Afghanistan: Sushma at SCO meet: SUSHMA Swaraj, the Minister of External Affairs, reiterated India’s commitment in securing peace and security in war-ravaged Afghanistan as she addressed the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting here on Wednesday.
“India stands committed to any process, which can help Afghanistan emerge as a united, peaceful, secure, stable, inclusive and economically vibrant nation, with guaranteed gender and human rights. I wish to once again underscore the importance India attaches to SCO Afghanistan Contact Group and welcome an early conclusion of the Draft Roadmap of further actions of the Contact Group,” Swaraj said in a statement. The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance created in 2001 in Shanghai, by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan joined the forum in 2017.
Urges SCO to back UNSC reforms
EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday urged members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to support efforts for the comprehensive reforms of the UN Security Council to make it more representative and effective. India has been calling for the reform of the UN Security Council (UNSC) along with Brazil, Germany and Japan for long, emphasising that it rightly deserves a place at the UN high table as a permanent member. The G4 nations support each other’s bids for permanent seats on the UNSC. Addressing the meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers here in the Kyrgyz capital, Swaraj said India firmly believes in the efficacy of multilateralism and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter.