New Delhi: India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said that it is important for the world community to realise the contribution that India made and the need to rectify the past.
S Jaishankar was adressing the RIC (Russia-India-China) trilateral talks in the presence of his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. The meet chaired by Russia gains significance as it comes close to a violent clash that killed 20 Indian soldiers in Ladakh.
S Jaishankhar reminded the two nations of India’s contribution during WW2, “The victory over Nazism and Fascism was achieved through sacrifices by many countries. India made significant contributions. Indian blood was shed in the battlefields of the world.”
In his speech, Jaishankar said, “This special meeting reiterates our belief in time-tested principles of international relations, but the challenge today is not of concepts and norms but equally of their practice.”
The meeting gave an opportunity for both Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, to meet face-to-face days after the violent stand-off between soldiers of both the countries at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh.
Respecting international law, supporting multilateralism and promoting common good are the only ways to build a durable world order, Jaishankar said.
“It is India’s hope that we will also now converge on the values of reformed multilateralism. We, the RIC countries have been active participants in shaping global agenda. It is important for the world to realise the contribution that India made and the need to rectify the past,” he said.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov was the third minister present in the virtual meeting room. It is reported that Russia has ruled out any bilateral issues being taken up during the meeting but left the door open to “support trust building”.
The meeting will help both the countries to lower tensions on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) where a meeting of senior army generals on Monday failed to provide a breakthrough.
Experts believe that Moscow has been more engaged with New Delhi over the past couple of weeks. This flows from the understanding that Russia has leverage over Beijing because of recent proximity, while New Delhi has had a history of robust bilateral ties with Moscow. During the Doklam crisis in 2017, Russian diplomats in Beijing were among the few briefed by the Chinese government.