NEW DELHI: Whereas India’s diplomacy has been restricted to digital conferences and conferences after the Covid-19 outbreak, the federal government is contemplating a proposal by Russia to have a bodily assembly of the international ministers of SCO and Brics nations on September 10. If it occurs, international minister S Jaishankar will come nose to nose together with his Chinese language counterpart Wang Yi, and likewise Pakistan’s Shah Mahmood Qureshi, for the primary time after the present border standoff was first reported in early Might.
After finalising the date, Russians have additionally conveyed to India and others that they need a bodily assembly and never a “mere formality” within the type of a digital convention.
These conferences might be held in run as much as the SCO and Brics summits anticipated in St Petersburg later in October. The summit conferences have been delayed this 12 months due to Covid-19. NSA Ajit Doval may additionally attend a gathering of NSAs forward of the international ministers’ assembly however that hasn’t been finalised but. An Indian delegation can also be anticipated to take part in Russia’s Worldwide Army-Technical Discussion board Military-2020 in final week of August.
Official sources mentioned a call was nonetheless awaited on India’s participation within the proposed assembly in Moscow. India has maintained high-level visits should wait not less than till September. Like India, Pakistan too is now a full member of SCO. Whereas it’s unlikely that India could have any substantive dialogue with Pakistan, if the international ministers certainly have a bodily assembly, it is going to be fascinating to see what kind of bilateral engagement Jaishankar and Wang have on the margins.

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