India to host trilateral talks with China, Russia

ANI | Updated: Dec 10, 2017 18:44 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec 10 (ANI): China's Foreign Minister Wand Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov will be arriving in Delhi today for the 15th Russia-India-China (RIC) Foreign Minister level trilateral meet with their Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj.

India is hosting RIC foreign ministerial meeting on Monday.

The three foreign ministers will issue a joint statement as well.

According to a media report, the three foreign ministers are likely to begin their discussions after calling on President Ramnath Kovind.

The discussions will be followed by a working lunch.

The platform of the three major BRICS powers is aimed at facilitating common position on key global challenges - radical ideas, terror threats, Afghanistan and West Asia.

Swaraj will hold bilateral meeting on the sidelines of RIC with Wang Yi and Sergei Lavrov who will be the first minister from Beijing to visit India after the Doklam episode.

China and India are at odds on issues like NSG membership for India, Masood Azhar's ban or even India's participation in One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR).

Earlier, the RIC meeting had been scheduled for April. (ANI)