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G20 Summit: PM Modi, Chinese Prez Xi Jinping chat in Germany amid border row

The informal discussion between Narendra Modi and Xi Jingping came a day after China ruled out a formal meeting between the two leaders.

india Updated: Jul 16, 2017 21:13 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the BRICS leaders’ informal gathering in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday.(ANI Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping discussed a “range of issues” during an informal gathering of BRICS leaders on the margins of the G20 Summit in Hamburg on Friday even as the Chinese leader called for the peaceful settlement of regional disputes.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted a photo of the two leaders smiling and shaking hands. He said Modi and Xi had a “conversation on a range of issues”.

The interaction, held against the backdrop of a tense standoff between Indian and Chinese forces in the Sikkim sector, came a day after China ruled out a formal bilateral meeting between the two leaders in Hamburg, with officials saying the “atmosphere is not right”.

Television reports said the discussion between Modi and Xi lasted about five minutes.

The Chinese president, who presided over the informal meeting, called on “the BRICS countries to push for peaceful settlement of regional conflicts and disputes”, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

During the meeting of the leaders of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping, the two leaders praised the roles played by each other’s countries in the international arena.

In his address, Modi “appreciated momentum in BRICS under the chairmanship of President Xi and extended full cooperation and best wishes for the BRICS Xiamen Summit”, according to a statement from the external affairs ministry.

Concluding the meeting immediately after Modi’s remarks, Xi “appreciated India’s strong resolve against terrorism and the momentum in BRICS introduced under India’s chairmanship and through the outcomes of the Goa Summit in 2016”.

Xi also appreciated “India’s success in economic and social development and wished India even bigger success”.

First Published: Jul 07, 2017 16:21 IST