Russian, Chinese, Indian FMs uphold multilateral diplomacy, cooperation

Russian, Chinese and Indian foreign ministers on Wednesday, Feb. 14, stressed their countries' commitment to multilateral diplomacy, support for dialogue among civilizations and religions, and condemnation on terrorism.

In a joint communique issued at the end of their trilateral meeting here, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and his Indian and Russian counterparts Pranab Mukherjee and Sergei Lavrov reaffirmed that "trilateral cooperation is not directed against the interests of any other country," but "to promote international harmony and understanding and find common ground amid divergent interests."

The three ministers empahsized the need to preserve the cultural and civilizational diversity and to promote dialogue among civilizations and religions.

Acknowledging UN's role in promoting and attaining a multi-polar world, Li and Lavrov reiterated that their countries understand and support India's aspirations to play a greater role in the UN.

The three ministers also agreed that there can be no justification for any act of terrorism, calling for cooperation, and consistent, sustained and comprehensive approaches in fight against terrorism.

They all agreed that "cooperation rather than confrontation should govern approaches to regional and global affairs."

On economic cooperation, the ministers said specific attention should be paid to the considerable potential for mutually-beneficial economic interaction among the three countries in areas such as energy, transport infrastructure, health and high technology, including IT and biotechnology.

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