Indian Foreign Minister Praises India-Russia-China Triangular Relations As Key To Stability
June 8, 2007 • 6:52PM

April 13, 2007 (LPAC)-On the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and the Republic of India, Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee told Russian journalists that the interaction of India with Russia and China is "a useful format for exchange of views among the three countries and for pursuing trilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest." He stressed the "mutual understanding and trust" among the three.

"Trilateral consultations are aimed at discussing issues of shared interest to promote the development objectives of the three countries as well as peace, security and stability in the region and the world," Mukherjee said. "Our trilateral cooperation is not directed against the interests of any country and is, on the contrary, intended to promote international harmony and understanding and find common ground amidst divergent interests." India hosted a Foreign Ministers' meeting of the three nations in New Delhi earlier this year.

Mukherjee continued that "India enjoys very good relations with Russia as well as other countries in the Eurasian Region, including Central Asia. India is also an observer state in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and is fully prepared to participate in SCO development projects in the region, as also efforts to counter terrorism and narco-trafficking. India is also willing to interact bilaterally and multilaterally with the countries formed after dissolution of the Soviet Union, including Russia, to explore mutually beneficial cooperation in areas such as energy and infrastructure."

India, he said, "remains committed to a multipolar world order based on the principles of rule of law, sovereign equality, territorial integrity and non-interference in the internal affairs of States." He stressed the importance of the United Nations, and said that "the pace of reform in this organization has been far from satisfactory." India wants to become a permanent member of the Security Council, along with a number of other important nations.

According to Itar-Tass, Mukherjee also told Russian journalists that India and Russia "are among significant economic forces that are expected to reach impressive growth in the coming decades." He also noted that India had the "great pleasure and honour" to receive as its chief guest Russian President Putin on India's Republic Day, Jan. 26, this year. The two nations signed documents on cooperation in defense, power engineering, including nuclear, space exploration, high technologies, aviation, metallurgy and certainly trade and economic relations.

Indian industrial and business community's, and all Indians' interest "in the developments in Russia, in its economy and people, is growing" now. There is "growing understanding at present that both countries possess a stable state sector and at the same time a dynamic and growing private sector." But trade remains at a level "considerably below the existing potential.. The absence of direct trade ways, weak relations between the banking sectors, difficulties in the access to markets and in business trips are only some of the reasons for a relatively slow development of bilateral trade," Mukherjee said. There is a joint research group working on these issues.

The cooperation among India, China, and Russia, is important for the "four powers' alliance" solution to the global crisis laid out by Lyndon LaRouche in his address to a Los Angeles, California town meeting on March 31, 2007, where he said that only a four power alliance of the U.S. in the FDR tradition, along with China, India, and Russia, will we have "a global force, a political force of agreement on one thing: to save the planet from Hell, and to rescue the world from the presently onrushing, general physical economic collapse of the planet."

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