‘Informal summits with China, Russia unprecedented’

New Delhi, May 28: Sushma Swaraj described Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s informal summits with Chinese President Xi Jinping last month and Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month as “unprecedented”. “It is unprecedented that we were invited by China and Russia for informal summits,” she said. She also said that Modi’s meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a brief stopover in Germany while returning from Britain last month was also informal in nature. Sushma Swaraj said that she and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had decided that they would not confine their leaders to listed agenda. “There were three reasons for this – strong bilateral ties, global issues and mutual trust,” she said. Sushma Swaraj also added that status quo is being maintained at Doklam on the India-Bhutan-China international tri-junction where the Indian and Chinese armies were in a stand-off position for over a month last year. (IANS)