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Jaishankar in Moscow: Indo-Pacific a new concept in the changing world

S Jaishankar opens up about Indo-Pacific at a forum in Moscow
S Jaishankar opens up about Indo-Pacific at a forum in Moscow

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is in Russia for a two-day visit, has said that Indo-Pacific is one of the new concepts in the changing world.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday that a number of new concepts have come up in the changing world and Indo-Pacific is one of them.  He reached Moscow on Tuesday for a two-day visit to Russia.

“The changing world has thrown up new concepts and approaches. Discussed one of them – the Indo-Pacific at the Valdai Discussion Club,” Mr. Jaishankar said on Twitter. The Valdai Discussion Club is a Moscow-based discussion forum which was established in 2004. Jaishankar expressed his views on the topic “India’s perspective on the Indo-Pacific”.

This is Jaishankar’s first visit to the country since he assumed office in May. During this visit, the External Affairs Minister is expected to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and also finalise the preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country in September. PM Narendra Modi will be the chief guest at the Eastern Economic Forum, which is scheduled to take place in Vladivostok from September 4 to September 6.

“40 years to the day I first came to Moscow. The world has changed but India-Russia relations remain steady,” Mr .Jaishankar averred on Twitter. He also unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at India’s embassy in Russia. “EAM S Jaishankar unveiled Gandhi statue at the Embassy premises on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” the embassy tweeted.

India, the US, and several other countries have stressed on the need to ensure a thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s increasing military presence in the Indo-Pacific. China has claimed almost all of the South China Sea, while other countries such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter-claimed.

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