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Jaishankar and Wang Yi Discuss Border Issues at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan

The discussions centered on promptly resolving the remaining border disputes, with both leaders agreeing to intensify diplomatic and military efforts toward this objective.

In a social media post on X, Jaishankar shared, “Met with CPC Politburo member and FM Wang Yi in Astana this morning. Discussed early resolution of remaining issues in border areas. Agreed to redouble efforts through diplomatic and military channels to that end.” He further emphasized, “Respecting the LAC and ensuring peace and tranquility in the border areas is essential. The three mutuals – mutual respect, mutual sensitivity, and mutual interest – will guide our bilateral ties.”

Significance of the Meeting

This marks the first bilateral meeting since Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office for the third time, highlighting its importance given the four-year-long strained relations between India and China over the standoff in Eastern Ladakh.

Jaishankar Delivers PM Modi’s Message at SCO Summit

Following the meeting, Jaishankar conveyed Prime Minister Modi’s message at the SCO summit. The message stressed the need to prioritize combating terrorism, one of the original objectives of the SCO. “Many of us have had our experiences, often originating beyond our borders. Let us be clear that if left unchecked, it can become a major threat to regional and global peace,” the message read.

“Terrorism in any form or manifestation cannot be justified or condoned. The international community must isolate and expose those countries that harbor terrorists, provide safe havens, and condone terrorism. Cross-border terrorism requires a decisive response, and terrorism financing and recruitment must be resolutely countered. We should also take proactive steps to prevent the spread of radicalization among our youth,” Modi added.

Attendees of the SCO Summit

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, saw the attendance of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not attend the event, with India being represented by External Affairs Minister Jaishankar.

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