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Jaishankar to Meet Rabb in Bangkok; Plight of sailors on agenda

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India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar

Jaishankar and newly-appointed British Foreign Secretary Raab would be holding bilateral talks on the sidelines of the East Asian Summit meeting in Bangkok, in their first such meeting after taking over their posts ….reports Asian Lite News

India’s Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar

India and Britain are likely to discuss the issue of over 40 Indian sailors stranded aboard seized oil tankers amid rising tensions between the UK and Iran, when External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar meets his British counterpart Dominic Raab in Bangkok on Thursday.

Jaishankar and newly-appointed British Foreign Secretary Raab would be holding bilateral talks on the sidelines of the East Asian Summit meeting in Bangkok, in their first such meeting after taking over their posts.

The two ministers will “discuss geo-political issues that we want to work on, global issues that we want to work on, and of course bilateral issues that we need to take forward”, British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith told reporters here.

British marines detained the Iranian super tanker Grace 1 on July 4 in the Strait of Gibraltar. The ship was detained as it was suspected of carrying oil to war-torn Syria in violation of EU sanctions.

The captain of the ship, an Indian, has accused the Royal Marines of unnecessary “brute force” when detaining the ship.

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British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab

In a retaliatory measure, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards detained a British-flagged tanker, Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19, which has 18 Indians onboard, besides crew from other nations.

A three-member team from the Indian High Commission met the 24 Indians on board ‘Grace 1’ on July 24 and told them the government will take the necessary steps for their release and repatriation, the spokesperson said.

India is also in talks with Tehran for release of the 18 Indians on Stena Impero.

Asquith said it was a “completely legitimate act” by the UK marines in detaining Grace 1, as it was flouting EU sanctions.

“There is no question of a swap,” Asquith said, reiterating his country’s stand on whether it could release the Iranian tanker in exchange for Stena Impero.

He also said release of the Indians on board Grace 1 was for the “Gibraltar authorities to decide” and “They have their own judicial process”.

On the Indian captain’s criticism of the UK marines, Asquith said the captain was “unaware” of the EU sanctions.

Raab’s visit to Bangkok where he will interact with Foreign Ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) comes as the UK prepares to exit the European Union on October 31 and it is searching for new markets and investment opportunities.

India at ASEAN Summit

Bishkek: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on June 13, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB) by .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will be on a two-day visit to Bangkok to attend ministerial meetings of the ASEAN and East Asia Summit, against the backdrop of escalating tensions in the South China Sea and the US-China trade war.

Jaishankar’s meetings will be a preparatory for the ASEAN-India Summit and the 9th East Asia Summit which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year.

Jaishankar will also attend the 26th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and 10th Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Ministerial Meeting in Bangkok.

The meetings come amidst China’s aggressive territorial claims in the South China Sea, leading to rising tensions with Vietnam.

Among the ministers of the ASEAN dialogue partners to attend the Bangkok meeting would be Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting, co-chaired by Jaishankar and his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai, on Thursday will review progress in the implementation of key decisions of the Leaders of ASEAN Member States and India, arrived at during the 25th Anniversary ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit held in New Delhi on January 25 last year and the Informal ASEAN-India Breakfast Summit held in Singapore on November 15, 2018.

It would also review progress in implementation of the ASEAN-India Plan of Action (2016-2020). The members would also exchange views on important regional and international issues and on ways and means of further strengthening the ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership.

Jaishankar will co-chair the 10th Mekong Ganga Cooperation Ministerial Meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Prak Sokhonn on Thursday.

Vietnam has been upset over a Chinese ship escorted by a flotilla of heavily armed coastguard vessels entering a Vietnamese-controlled reef earlier this month. Patrol ships of both nations have been in a state of confrontation over a dispute at Vanguard Bank – a reef controlled by Hanoi. Vietnam has briefed India about the incident, even as the state of confrontation showing no signs of abating.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. (File Photo: IANS) by .
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The Mekong Ganga Meeting will review practical cooperation under the MGC framework, adopt the MGC Plan of Action (2019-2022) and also discuss the various commemorative activities planned next year to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the MGC, which is the oldest sub-regional cooperation framework set up by the Mekong countries, namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam with any external partner, said a MEA statement.

The 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers meeting to be held on Friday will discuss preparations for the Summit, scheduled to be held in Bangkok on November 4.

In this context, the Ministers will discuss implementation of the Manila Plan of Action (2018-2022) to implement the Phnom Penh Declaration on the EAS Development Initiative, adopted by the EAS Leaders in 2012. The Ministers will also deliberate on the current regional and international issues and on strengthening of the Summit as the region’s prominent Leaders-led forum for discussion on global political-security and economic issues.

The 26th ASEAN Regional forum on Friday will focus on joint programmes and activities by the Member States and Organisations to foster habit of cooperation and build strategic trust in the region.

Under the ARF rubric, India and Myanmar organised a Field Training Exercise on Military Medicine in Lucknow in March 2019 for the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+) countries.

On both the meetings on Friday, Jaishankar will enumerate India’s Indo-Pacific vision, which was elaborated by Prime Minister Modi in his address at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore in June 2018.

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Union Minister for Defence Nirmala Sitharaman at the 4th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus), in Philippines

Jaishankar’s meetings will be a preparatory for the ASEAN-India Summit and the 9th East Asia Summit which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year.

Jaishankar will also attend the 26th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and 10th Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Ministerial Meeting in Bangkok.

The meetings come amidst China’s aggressive territorial claims in the South China Sea, leading to rising tensions with Vietnam.

Among the ministers of the ASEAN dialogue partners to attend the Bangkok meeting would be Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

New UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab would also be attending.

Jaishankar is likely to hold several bilateral meetings with his counterparts from other countries, including Raab.

The ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting, co-chaired by Jaishankar and his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai, on Thursday will review progress in the implementation of key decisions of the Leaders of ASEAN Member States and India, arrived at during the 25th Anniversary ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit held in New Delhi on January 25 last year and the Informal ASEAN-India Breakfast Summit held in Singapore on November 15, 2018.

It would also review progress in implementation of the ASEAN-India Plan of Action (2016-2020). The members would also exchange views on important regional and international issues and on ways and means of further strengthening the ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership.

Jaishankar will co-chair the 10th Mekong Ganga Cooperation Ministerial Meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Prak Sokhonn on Thursday.

Vietnam has been upset over a Chinese ship escorted by a flotilla of heavily armed coastguard vessels entering a Vietnamese-controlled reef earlier this month. Patrol ships of both nations have been in a state of confrontation over a dispute at Vanguard Bank – a reef controlled by Hanoi. Vietnam has briefed India about the incident, even as the state of confrontation showing no signs of abating.

The Mekong Ganga Meeting will review practical cooperation under the MGC framework, adopt the MGC Plan of Action (2019-2022) and also discuss the various commemorative activities planned next year to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the MGC, which is the oldest sub-regional cooperation framework set up by the Mekong countries, namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam with any external partner, said a MEA statement.

The 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers meeting to be held on Friday will discuss preparations for the Summit, scheduled to be held in Bangkok on November 4.

In this context, the Ministers will discuss implementation of the Manila Plan of Action (2018-2022) to implement the Phnom Penh Declaration on the EAS Development Initiative, adopted by the EAS Leaders in 2012. The Ministers will also deliberate on the current regional and international issues and on strengthening of the Summit as the region’s prominent Leaders-led forum for discussion on global political-security and economic issues.

The 26th ASEAN Regional forum on Friday will focus on joint programmes and activities by the Member States and Organisations to foster habit of cooperation and build strategic trust in the region.

Under the ARF rubric, India and Myanmar organised a Field Training Exercise on Military Medicine in Lucknow in March 2019 for the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+) countries.

On both the meetings on Friday, Jaishankar will enumerate India’s Indo-Pacific vision, which was elaborated by Prime Minister Modi in his address at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore in June 2018.

 

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