Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, India, and China (RIC), New Delhi, December 11, 2017

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 09:28

Colleagues,

Allow me to begin by thanking our Indian friends for their warm hospitality and wonderful arrangements for this 15th regular ministerial meeting between Russia, India and China. We have a packed agenda before us, which confirms the commitment by our respective countries to maintain our cooperation to make the RIC mechanism even more effective and better coordinate our international approaches.

Using the RIC format to promote cooperation is an important element in efforts designed to bring about a multipolar architecture that will be more just and democratic. Working together offers an opportunity to promote universal values on the international stage such as multilateralism, equality and the supremacy of international law. Guided by our commitment to mutual understanding and trust we are searching for the best solutions to a broad range of urgent issues that exist in today’s world, from ensuring regional security to promoting economic integration across the Eurasian space.

We can see that the RIC format is about to become one of the key drivers of overall regional efforts to improve the architecture of interstate relations within the Asia-Pacific Region (APR), which should be based on the principles of inclusive, equal and indivisible security. Guided by this vision, our countries seek to step up dialogue with their regional partners, above all with ASEAN members.

We have achieved substantial results lately in expanding our interaction within this trilateral framework. But we cannot be complacent. At the trilateral meeting we held in Moscow in April 2016, we agreed to expand RIC operations by adding new promising topics of mutual interest to our agenda. Since then, a lot of effort has been put into preparing this work, so that today we can discuss its outcomes.

Russia stands for stepping up multi-dimensional cooperation within this trilateral format, or troika, including with the view to promoting joint approaches to global and regional stability and sustainable development on the international stage. We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to close cooperation and coordination on foreign policy matters within the UN, the G20, BRICS and the SCO.

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