"Forward looking and constructive" bilateral meet held between PM Modi and President Xi
After India's major victory at BRICS on Pakistan-backed terrorism , Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Xiamen on Tuesday. Both leaders held their first substantive bilateral meeting after the Dokalam standoff.
At a press briefing after the meeting, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said, "The discussion was constructive. The two leaders reaffirmed that it is in the interest of both India and China to have good relations." The recently resolved Doklam issue also figured in the talks. Jaishankar said, "Both countries agreed that it should not recur. Peace and tranquility at border areas are a must for taking relationship forward. Differences must be handled with mutual respect." Both the countries agreed that more efforts are needed to enhance mutual trust.
Apart from President Xi, the Prime Minister also held a bilateral meeting with the President of Egypt, which is among the five counties -- Mexico, Guinea, Thailand and Tajikistan -- invited by China as part of 'BRICS Plus' outreach exercise.
Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral meetings with Russian and Brazilian president on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit. The PM had a very fruitful and productive meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both the leaders discussed bilateral and global issues and took stock of the progress made on past agreements between two countries including the ones in the field of petroleum and natural gas and the efforts to increase bilateral trade. The Prime Minister also met Brazilian President Michel Temer and discussed various topics on importance.