New Delih: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reached China on Wednesday to to attend a meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, India and China. She met her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Wuzhen and will also hold bilateral discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today.
Her visit comes in the wake of growing tension between India and Pakistan after Indian Air Force carried out non-military pre-emptive strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest terror camp in Pakistan in a pre-dawn operation on Tuesday.
According to reports, Swaraj is expected to raise the issue of India’s bid to brand JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist on the UN list, which has been repeatedly stonewalled by Beijing.
The Pulwama terror attack and India’s air strikes on the terrorists training camps are also expected to figure in the her talks with Wang and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Levrov.
“Counter-terrorism on the agenda. EAM @SushmaSwaraj departs for Wuzhen, #China for the 16th Foreign Ministers Meeting of Russia, India & China #RIC. Apart from attending the trilateral meeting, EAM will hold bilateral discussions with Russian and Chinese Foreign Ministers,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
Following the IAF strike on Jaish camps in Pakistan, China urged New Delhi and Islamabad to “exercise restraint” and asked India to carry out its fight against terrorism through international cooperation.
When asked for China’s response to India’s air strikes on terrorist camps in Pakistan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the media here that “we have taken note of the relevant reports.”
“I want to say that India and Pakistan are both important countries in South Asia. A sound relationship and cooperation between the two serves the interests of both the countries and peace and stability in South Asia,” he said.
“We hope that both India and Pakistan can exercise restraint and do more to improve their bilateral relations,” he said.