MEA: Modi, Xi discuss several issues on the sidelines of G20

RSTV Bureau
Hamburg: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchange greetings at the BRICS leaders' informal gathering hosted by the China, in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. Photo - PTI

Hamburg: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchange greetings at the BRICS leaders’ informal gathering hosted by the China, in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017.
Photo – PTI

In a positive sign amid tension on Indo-China border, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping struck a conversation on a “range of issues” on the sidelines of G20 summit at Hamburg.

The meeting assumes significance as it comes a day after a top Chinese official said the “atmosphere” is “not right” for a bilateral meeting between Modi and Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the two leaders on Friday shook hands and had a conversation during the BRICS leaders’ informal meeting here amid a stand-off between the armies of the two countries in the Sikkim section.

Hamburg: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders at the informal meeting of leaders of the BRICS countries, on the sidelines of the 12th G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. Photo - PTI

Hamburg: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders at the informal meeting of leaders of the BRICS countries, on the sidelines of the 12th G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017.
Photo – PTI

In a tweet, external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said Modi and Xi discussed a range of issues.

“At d BRICS leaders’ informal gathering @ Hamburg hosted by China, PM @narendramodi and President Xi had a conversation on a range of issues,” the spokesperson tweeted.

The ministry also tweeted a photograph of Modi and Xi shaking hands.

China and India have been engaged in a stand-off in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

(With inputs from PTI)