India to participate in trilateral meeting with China and Russia on June 23

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="384"] S.Jaishankar (file photo)[/caption]

On Thursday, India confirmed it's participation in the meeting of foriegn ministers of the Russia-India-China (RIC) group that is to be held on june 23. External affairs ministry spokesperson stated that Union Minister S Jaishankar will represent India in the trilateral meeting, called by Russia. The statement from the MEA came as the backdrop of the speculations that India might withdraw itself from RIC in light of Galwan violence. The meeting is scheduled to discuss a co-ordinated response to the covid-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, Russia issued a statement clarifying that the bilateral matters between India and China will not be discussed during the RIC meet.
"The RIC agenda does not involve discussing issues that are related to bilateral relations of a country with another member", said Russian foriegn minister Sergey Lavrov.

'While remaining convinced of the need for maintainance of peace and tranquility on border areas and resolution of differences through dialogue, at the same time as PM said yesterday, we are strongly committed to ensuring India's sovereignity and territorial integrity' , the MEA enunciated.

Diplomatic tensions between India and China have escalated recently because of China's intrusion in the LAC and over the death of 20 Indian soliders and confirmed casualtities on the chinese side,during a violent clash at Galwan valley on Monday.

The Ministry of External affairs pronounced that India's election as a non-permanent member of United Nation Security Council (UNSC) for term 2021-2022, indicates the goodwill India enjoys at the United Nations and the confidence international community has reposed in India's capability to contribute towards the working of the council.

"Our presence in the Security Council and our performance there over the next 2 years will underscore the value that a country like India brings to the table and reaffirm our credentials to be a permanent member of UNSC", said Mr.Vikas Swarup, secretary (west) ,MEA said during a media briefing. He further commented on reports of Pakistan media which said that after endorsing India last year in Asia Pacific group, they wouldn't vote for India in the final round to which he responded by saying that Pakistan has been in the habit of raking up bilateral issues on mulilateral platforms and has had this kind of behaviour over past many years.