Hours after he held a trilateral meeting with his his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held anothe meeting with Chinese premier Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday. This was the second trilateral meeting between India, Russia and China in 12 years.
The three leaders discussed issues concerning global peace and stability, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
"Deepening engagement with valued development partners. President Vladimir Putin, President Xi Jinping and PM @narendramodi participate in the RIC (Russia, India, China) trilateral in Buenos Aires @KremlinRussia," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.
Excellent meeting of the RIC (Russia, India, China) Trilateral.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 1, 2018
President Putin, President Xi Jinping and I discussed a wide range of subjects that would further cement the friendship between our nations and enhance world peace. pic.twitter.com/2KWd3YHHAe
"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," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Twitter.
Earlier in the day, India, Japan and the US discussed major issues of global and multilateral interests in their first trilateral meeting, which assumed importance in the wake of China flexing its muscles in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.
At the meeting, India underscored its firm commitment to make the Indo-Pacific a region for shared economic growth.
Asserting that India will "continue to work together on shared values", Modi said, "When you look at the acronym of our three countries -- Japan, America, and India -- it is 'JAI', which stands for success in Hindi."
(With PTI inputs)