Buenos Aires: After India had its first trilateral meeting with Japan and USA, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday held another on the sidelines of the G20 summit to discuss cooperation in several sectors.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that PM Narendra Modi presented a 9-point programme to take action against fugitive economic offenders during his intervention at the 2nd session at G20 summit on international trade, international financial and tax systems.

“Deepening engagement with valued development partners. President Vladimir Putin, President Xi Jinping and PM Narendra Modi participate in the RIC (Russia, India, China) trilateral in Buenos Aires,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “2nd Russia-India-China ‘RIC’ Trilateral Summit took place in Buenos Aires after a gap of 12 years. In a meeting characterised by warmth and positivity, leaders discussed cooperation and coordination in various areas which could contribute to global peace and stability.”

PM Modi also interacted with other leaders of G-20 before the cultural performance and dinner hosted by Argentinian President Mauricio Macri.

Earlier on Friday, PM Modi said that the US and Japan are India’s strategic partners, and leaders of both countries are his good friends. The Prime Minister added that “Japan, USA, India acronym is JAI, so Jai in India means success. This sends a good message.”

PM Modi voiced India’s firm commitment to make the Indo-Pacific a region for shared economic growth during the first trilateral meeting between him, US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. PM Modi, in his keynote address at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore in June, had expounded India’s stand on the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

“India does not see the Indo-Pacific Region as a strategy or as a club of limited members. Nor as a grouping that seeks to dominate. And by no means do we consider it as directed against any country. A geographical definition, as such, cannot be,” he had said.