India, Japan, US present common front

India, Japan, US present common front

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in NY on a week-long visit to the US.

She will meet her counterparts from United States and Japan Monday for the crucial foreign ministers' trilateral meeting.

Close on the heels of the Indo-Japan summit, which saw the two countries calling for a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific, India and Japan along with the USA again sought to address concerns over China's OBOR saying that connectivity initiatives must not undermine sovereignty and territorial integrity. She "deplored the DPRK's recent actions and stated that its proliferation linkages must be explored and those involved be held accountable", a release by the ministry said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The security situation in South China Sea too was discussed in the meeting with the two ministers emphasising that the need for ensuring freedom of navigation, respect for worldwide law and peaceful resolution of disputes. Mrs Swaraj will address the session on Saturday. This will be followed by a meet on United Nations reforms, chaired by US President Donald Trump, who will be making his first address to the assembly Tuesday. Akbarudin said, India is "confident that a process will ensure "India's tradition of not turning our back on the vulnerable and persecuted is maintained, as we balance our security concerns". Apart from this, Sushma will also be attending several meetings with several regional and special organizations including South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Non-Aligned Movement, BRICS, Group of Developing Countries, G77.

She will address the UN General Assembly on September 23. Her engagements include meetings with Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics and her Bolivian counterpart Fernando Huanacuni Mamani.

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