PM holds trilateral talks with Russia’s Putin, China’s Xi

Narendra Modi at G-20 Sum

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Argentina to attend the G-20 Summit, to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese premier Xi Jinping for a trilateral meeting aimed at addressing several areas of cooperation among the three nations. This was the second trilateral meeting among India, Russia, and China, which took place after a gap of twelve years.

“President Putin, President Xi Jinping and I discussed a wide range of subjects that would further strong the friendship between our nations and enhance world peace,” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.

Before, India, Japan, and the US held their first trilateral meet on the sidelines of the summit. Prime Minister Modi, his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump held talks over matters of global and multilateral interests, focusing largely on the strategic Indo-Pacific region. The talks gain major in view of the Chinese attempts at imposing dominance in the region.

Pointing India’s firm commitment to make the Indo-Pacific a region for shared economic growth, Prime Minister Modi stated, “India will continue to work together on shared values.” He further said, “When you look at the acronym of our three countries — Japan, America, and India — it is ‘JAI’, which stands for success in Hindi.”

Calling the trilateral meeting a historic one, the Prime Minister in his tweet stated, “PM @AbeShinzo, @POTUS and I held fruitful talks focused at furthering connectivity, maritime cooperation, and a stable Indo-Pacific.”

After that, the Prime Minister presented a nine-point programme on ways to take stringent action against fugitive economic offenders in the second session at G-20 Summit, which focused on international trade, financial and tax systems.

India asked for cooperation among the G-20 countries in dealing with fugitive economic offenders and in their legal processes. It further suggested ‘joint effort to form a mechanism that denies entry and safe haven’ to the fugitives. Among other suggestions, it also asked the G-20 forum to relevant initiating work on locating properties of economic offenders to aid recovery of their tax debts in the country of their residence.

The Prime Minister also held asked with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in which it was decided that a mechanism is set up at the leadership level to enhance the oil-rich kingdom’s investments in energy, infrastructure and defense sectors in India. This meeting comes at a time when Saudi Arabia is facing international opprobrium over the critical murder of Saudi journalist and pro-democracy activist Jamal Khashoggi.

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