Peace at border areas a pre-requisite, ‘forward looking’ meet held between Xi and Modi: MEA

S JAISHANKAR

New Delhi, Sep 5, 2017: Soon after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President XI Jinping held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said both the leaders agreed that keeping peace on their border was necessary to further deepen their bilateral ties.

Briefing media, Jaishankar said “at a bilateral after the conclusion of the 9th BRICS Summit here, Modi and Xi agreed that “peace and tranquility in the border areas was a prerequisite for the further development of (bilateral) relationship”.

“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.

He futher added that “the discussions were “forward-looking and constructive” and the issue of counter-terrorism did not figure in the talks.

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.

Wefornews Bureau

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