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Chinese, Russian, Indian foreign ministers meet for trilateral co-op
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13:05, October 25, 2007

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Chinese, Russian and Indian foreign ministers on Wednesday afternoon met in Harbin in northeast China, pledging to strengthen trilateral pragmatic cooperation.

The three foreign ministers fully exchanged views on international or regional issues of common concern and reached key consensus on deepening trilateral pragmatic cooperation in the future.

The three ministers agreed to strengthen pragmatic collaboration in economic and cultural fields, strengthen cooperation in agriculture, disaster relief, medical services and healthcare, encourage cooperation between different localities and enterprises from the three countries, and establish a mechanism facilitating consultation and cooperation between experts from foreign ministries and relevant governmental organs of the three countries.

They also agreed to uphold the United Nations' Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol as the main framework for responding to climate change problems, and to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism, organized trans-border crimes and drug trafficking.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said at the meeting that the trilateral cooperation has achieved important progress since the foreign ministers of China, Russia and India first had this kind of trilateral meeting in 2002, with consensus on international issues gradually increasing, pragmatic exchanges and cooperation in economic and other fields gradually developing in recent years.

The trilateral meeting has already become a key platform for the three countries to enhance mutual political trust, expand exchanges and cooperation, Yang said.

Yang stressed that China, Russia and India are important neighbors and strategic partners. The development of the three countries is conducive for safeguarding world peace, promoting common development, enhancing world polarization and contributing to diversified civilizations and development modes.

The cooperation among China, Russia and India was of great potential and wide prospects, and it was of great necessity to strengthen such trilateral cooperation, Yang noted.

The three ministers pointed out that the trilateral cooperation was not targeted at any other country or organization and the three countries were willing to play a bigger role in safeguarding world peace, security, and promoting common development and prosperity.

They also promised to continue to dedicate great efforts to push the international order to develop towards a more just and rational direction.

This was the seventh meeting of the foreign ministers from China, Russia and India since 2002. And it was the first time that such a meeting has been held in China.

After the meeting, the three ministers issued a joint communique.

Source: Xinhua

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