Tri-nation Foreign ministers meet in Bangalore on Tuesday

Indian Foreign minister S M Krishna and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi would hold bilateral discussions on the sidelines of the three-nation meet close on the heels of the talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao in Thailand on the margins of the ASEAN-India summit on Saturday.

Russia will be represented by Sergei Lavrov.

Meeting in the backdrop of intensified rhetoric between the two nations over Arunachal Pradesh, Singh and Wen agreed that bilateral issues should be properly handled through talks but skirted the row over the north eastern state.

In their fifth standalone meeting, the foreign ministers of the three countries are expected to discuss regional and international issues apart from working out a strategy to explore ways to strengthen their trilateral cooperation.

The city is playing host to a major international event 23 years after the SAARC summit staged during November, 1986.
The meeting apparently being held here at the initiative of Krishna, a former chief minister of Karnataka, will also outline common goals and objectives of the countries and try to synergise their efforts to achieve them.

The visiting foreign ministers along with their team of officials will arrive in the city by tomorrow evening.

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