On 27th February 2019, India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Wuzhen, China for 16th Foreign Ministers Meeting of Russia-India-China (RIC).
- In China, EAM Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Wuzhen attended 16th Foreign Ministers Meeting of Russia-India-China (RIC) here. She held bilateral discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, besides the Chinese Foreign Minister.
- EAM Sushma Swaraj in Wuzhen, China: India-China relations, as you said, is an important relationship for both of our countries. We have made substantial progress in our relations since the informal summit between PM Modi and President Xi Jinping in Wuhan in April 2018.
- EAM Sushma Swaraj: It is important to both sides to ensure thorough and effective implementation of the guidance given by our leaders. Both sides have made good efforts in this regard & we should sustain this effort.
- In China, EAM Sushma Swaraj, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the 16th Foreign Ministers meeting of Russia-India-China (RIC) in Wuzhen.
- EAM: We're aware of the recent dastardly terrorist attack on our security forces in Pulwama, J&K perpetrated by Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan based&supported terrorist org proscribed by UN&other countries. We lost over CRPF 40 personnel while several others are injured seriously.
- EAM Sushma Swaraj in Wuzhen, China: Such dastardly terrorist attacks are a grim reminder for the need of all the countries to show zero tolerance to terrorism and take decisive action against it.
- EAM Sushma Swaraj: Following the Pulwama terrorist attack instead of taking seriously the calls by the international community to act against Jaish-e-Mohammed&other terror groups based in Pakistan, it denied any knowledge of the attack&outrightly dismissed claims by Jaish-e-Mohammed.
- EAM: In the light of the continuing refusal of Pak to acknowledge&act against terror groups on its territory&based on credible info that JeM was planning other attacks in parts of India, GoI decided to take preemptive action&target was selected in order to avoid civilian casualties.
- EAM: It wasn't a military op, no military installation targeted. Objective was to act against terrorist infrastructure of JeM to preempt another terror attack in India. India doesn't wish to see further escalation of situation. It'll continue to act with responsibility&restraint.