G20 Summit: Modi and Xi Jinping shake hands in Hamburg in times of India-China face-off
G20 Summit: Modi and Xi Jinping shake hands in Hamburg in times of India-China face-off

Hamburg: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed a “range of issues” during an informal gathering of BRICS leaders on the margins of the G20 Summit in Hamburg on Friday.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted a photo of the two leaders smiling and shaking hands. He said Modi and Xi had a “conversation on a range of issues”.

The interaction, held against the backdrop of a tense standoff between Indian and Chinese forces in the Sikkim sector, came a day after China ruled out a formal bilateral meeting between the two leaders in Hamburg, with officials saying the “atmosphere is not right”.

Television reports said the discussion between Modi and Xi lasted about five minutes. The Chinese President, who presided over the informal meeting, called on “the BRICS countries to push for peaceful settlement of regional conflicts and disputes”, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

During the meeting of the leaders of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping, the two leaders praised the roles played by each other’s countries in the international arena.

In his address, Modi “appreciated momentum in BRICS under the chairmanship of President Xi and extended full cooperation and best wishes for the BRICS Xiamen Summit”, acco rding to a statement from the external affairs ministry.

The PM urged leaders from the BRICS nations to show leadership in fighting terrorism and boosting global economy even as he asked the G20 nations to collectively crack down on terror financing, safe havens, “support and sponsors” of terrorism.

Concluding the meeting immediately after Modi’s remarks, Xi “appreciated India’s  resolve against terrorism and the momentum in BRICS introduced under India’s chairmanship”.

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