Defence Ministers meet amid pressure


New Delhi, September 4

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe for over two hours in Moscow on Friday within the first highest-level contact after border pressure erupted in Ladakh in May because the Indian chief mentioned peace and safety within the area demanded a local weather of belief, non-aggression, peaceable decision of variations and respect for worldwide guidelines.

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Rajnath’s feedback, seen as a veiled message to China forward of his bilateral talks with Wei, got here at a gathering of the Defence Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) within the Russian capital.

According to Indian Government sources, the bilateral assembly was requested by the Chinese Defence Minister. Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and Indian Ambassador to Russia DB Venkatesh Varma have been a part of the Indian delegation on the talks that started round 9.30 pm at a Moscow lodge and ended at 11.50 pm.

At the SCO assembly, Rajnath mentioned “a peaceful, stable and secure region of the SCO member states – which is home to over 40 per cent of the global population — demands a climate of trust and cooperation, non-aggression, respect for international rules and norms, sensitivity to each other’s interests and a peaceful resolution of differences”.

The minister recommended the necessity for institutional capability to take care of each conventional and non-traditional threats, above all, terrorism, drug-trafficking and transnational crime. “India unequivocally condemns terrorism in all forms and manifestations, and condemns its proponents. India values the works of SCO Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure,” Rajnath mentioned.

He mentioned India was dedicated to the evolution of a world safety structure which might be open, clear, inclusive, rules-based and anchored in worldwide legal guidelines.

Meanwhile, the navies of India and Russia on Friday began the 11th version of train ‘Indra Navy’, a biennial bilateral maritime occasion. The train was performed west of the Strait of Malacca. — TNS



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