Amid Ladakh tensions, Jaishankar to journey to Moscow; might meet Chinese counterpart

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 8

Despite tensions with China on the border in jap Ladakh, the Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday formally confirmed External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s go to to Moscow to take part within the assembly of Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to be held on September 9 and 10.

The MEA mentioned Jaishankar can even attend bilaterals on the sidelines of the meeting–on the strains of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s bilaterals when he had attended a Ministerial beneath the identical format final week.

Though Rajnath Singh had a 90-minute bilateral along with his Chinese counterpart, it stays to be seen if Jaishankar will meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the SCO meet.

His assembly can be vital as Jaishankar, in addition to Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, have made clear the correlation between constructive diplomatic ties and peace on the border. Besides, the final week has seen Chinese troops manoeuvring for extra advantageous areas on the LAC.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi can also be slated to attend the CFM however the probabilities of him assembly Jaishankar are bleak.

The MEA mentioned this might be the third CFM assembly that India will probably be attending as a full member of SCO. India has been taking an lively half in numerous SCO dialogue mechanisms beneath the Chairmanship of the Russian Federation on this yr. The SCO Summit will probably be held within the close to future.

The CFM assembly in Moscow will assessment the preparations for the forthcoming SCO Summit and in addition alternate views on worldwide and regional points. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is anticipated to attend this summit the place he’ll sit throughout Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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