Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed at a bilateral meeting here in Xiamen that keeping peace on their border was necessary to further deepen their bilateral ties….reports Gaurav Sharma for Asian Lite News
At a bilateral meeting after the conclusion of the 9th BRICS Summit, Modi and Xi agreed that “peace and tranquility in the border areas was a prerequisite for the further development of (bilateral) relationship”, Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar told the media.
“One of the important points they made during the meeting was that peace and tranquility in the border areas was a prerequisite for the further development of our relationship,” he told the media.
Indian and Chinese troops ended last month a tense stand-off on the Doklam border that began in June and which seriously affected their bilateral ties.
This was the first meeting between Xi and Modi after the conclusion of the border row.
Jaishankar said the discussions were “forward-looking and constructive”. He said the issue of counter-terrorism did not figure in the talks.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said “healthy and stable relations” between China and India were in line with the fundamental interests of their people.
“China is willing to work with India on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence to improve political mutual trust, promote mutually beneficial cooperation and push Sino-Indian ties along a right track,” he said.
In his opening remarks at the meeting, Modi congratulated Xi for the “very successful” execution of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit.
Indian and Chinese troops last month ended a tense stand-off on the Doklam border which began in June, seriously affecting their ties.
Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted that Modi and Xi had “a constructive and forward looking meeting”.
Earlier on Tuesday, Modi met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.