S Jaishankar likely to have bilateral meet with Chinese counterpart | India News


NEW DELHI: External affairs minister S Jaishankar is likely to have a bilateral meeting on Wednesday with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the SCO foreign ministers’ meet in Dushanbe, a meeting that will be watched in view of the ongoing military stand-off between the two countries in Ladakh sector.
Official sources said Jaishankar is expected to emphasise on the need for an early, complete and sincere disengagement at the LAC in eastern Ladakh for improvement in ties that have been marred since April last year.
The two will also talk about the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents are threatening to sweep across the country as the US withdraws hastily. Jaishankar and Wang will also participate on Wednesday in the SCO Afghanistan Contact Group meeting.
Jaishankar and Wang have twice spoken this year — in February and April. They discussed the status of LAC disengagement and implementation of the Moscow agreement and also agreed to establish a hotline for timely communication. India has repeatedly emphasised on the need to implement the Moscow agreement that refers to the 5-point consensus Jaishankar and Wang arrived at last year, again on the margins of an SCO meeting, to resolve the border situation. While Russia has refrained from making any offer to mediate between India and China, it has repeatedly said the SCO platform should be used by member-countries to resolve differences between them.
India and China completed disengagement in the Pangong Tso area in February this year but there’s been little headway at remaining friction points. While China continues to blame India’s alleged troop build-up for the LAC stand-off, India says Beijing’s violation of bilateral agreements is the reason for the border strife.
Jaishankar will also come face to face in Dushanbe with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi but sources said there was no proposal yet for a bilateral meeting between them.

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