Modi, Xi agreed on specific guidelines to their militaries to strengthen communications: Foreign Secretary

Wuhan, April 28: Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on pursuing a peaceful relationship and on issuing specific guidelines to their respective armies in a bid to strengthen communications build trust and understanding. 

Addressing a press conference, Gokhale stated: “the two leaders (Modi & Xi) underscored that it is important to maintain peace along India-China border region and decided that they will issue strategic guidance to their respective militaries to strengthen communications & to build trust & understanding”.

“PM and President Xi also recognised the common threat posed by terrorism both reiterated their strong condemnation of a resolute opposition to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations”, he added.

The Foreign Secretary further said that both the countries committed to cooperate further in counter-terrorism.

“Proposals forwarded by PM included moving ahead to find ways to collaborate in terms of entertainment including films & President said he has seen a no. of Indian films & it would be a good idea to expand this. More Indian films should come to China & vice-versa”.

Meanwhile, citing sources news agency ANI reported India and China likely to venture into a joint economic project in Afghanistan.

Indian Prime Minister Modi is on a two-day visit to China to participate in an  ‘informal’ summit with President Xi.

The meeting comes in a backdrop of the two-month-long Doklam standoff last year.


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