Along the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping engaged in delegation-level bilateral talks Thursday, during the course of which Jinping confirmed his readiness to visit India this year.
In a statement to the media, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that while PM Modi welcomed the Chinese leader to visit New Delhi, Jinping assured the Prime Minister about his plans to visit India this year. “PM specifically conveyed to President Jinping & he agreed that both sides need to raise our expectations from the relationship. PM welcomed him to India for next informal summit, President Xi Jinping confirmed his readiness to visit India this year,” Gokhale was quoted as saying by ANI.
Had an extremely fruitful meeting with President Xi Jinping. Our talks included the full spectrum of India-China relations.
We shall continue working together to improve economic and cultural ties between our nations. pic.twitter.com/JIPNS502I3
In his interaction with the Chinese President, PM Modi also had a brief discussion about Pakistan. He asserted that India made peace efforts with its neighbour but the efforts were derailed. “PM recalled that he has made efforts and these efforts have been derailed, that Pakistan needs to create an atmosphere free of terror and at this stage we do not see this happening. We expect it to take concrete action,” ANI quoted Gokhale as stating.
The SCO summit is PM Modi’s maiden multilateral interaction with the world leaders after winning a second term in the recently concluded 17th Lok Sabha elections.
As per Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, PM Modi had a discussion about the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar in the meeting. Azhar was listed as a global terrorist after China lifted the technical hold on him.
Prime Minister Narendra Mod accepted Russian Prime Minister’s invitation to be the main guest at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in early September, news agency ANI reported quoting Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. “President Putin has invited the PM to be the main guest at Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia in early September, and PM Modi has accepted the invitation,” Gokhale said.
Gokhale also added that a trilateral meeting between Russia, India, and China (RIC) has been planned on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Japan’s Osaka. The G-20 summit is scheduled for June 28 and June 29.