`RIC FMs to discuss global issues during China meet`

Foreign Ministers of Russia, India and China will discuss key global issues.

Moscow: Foreign Ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC) will discuss key global issues, including security and climate change, during a trilateral meeting in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on November 14-15, Russian official said.

According to Director of Information and Press of the Ministry Andrei Nesterenko the 10th meeting of the RIC foreign ministers are to discuss a wide range of global issues.

They are expected to "synchronise watches" on energy security, climate change and reforms of the international financial institutions in the light of the just concluded G20 summit in Seoul, which was attended by the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese leader Hu Jintao.

"Situation in Afghanistan, Iranian nuclear problem and West Asia settlement would be among the regional issues to be discussed by RIC foreign ministers a matter of concern for all the three nations," Nesterenko said.

The three foreign ministers are also expected to discuss their cooperation in the multilateral fora in Asia-Pacific region for a new, better security architecture and the Indian side would be apprised of the joint initiative of Russian and Chinese presidents on strengthening the security and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Nesterenko said that cooperation in RIC format is contributing to the formation of a multi-polar world.

He noted the cooperation of the three countries is also acquiring practical dimension in disaster management, agriculture and health care.

The three countries are also to discuss plans for their interaction within the framework of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in which India has an observer status.

Both Moscow and Beijing at their previous meetings have expressed their desire for a greater Indian role in the developmental programmes in the Central Asian member states of the SCO.

Foreign ministers of Russia, India and China have been meeting in trilateral format since 2003, when they first gathered in New York on the sidelines of UN General Assembly.

In 2005, Russia had hosted first stand alone meeting of RIC foreign ministers in Vladivostok, since then they alternatively meet on each-other`s territory. The previous meeting of RIC foreign ministers was held in Bangalore in October 2009.

PTI

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