Foreign Secy Vijay Gokhale addresses media after PM Narendra Modi concludes informal summit with Xi Jinping

Foreign Secy Vijay Gokhale addresses media after PM Narendra Modi concludes informal summit with Xi Jinping
Foreign Secy Vijay Gokhale addresses media after PM Narendra Modi concludes informal summit with Xi Jinping

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Saturday addressed the media after Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded the second informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Vijay Gokhale said, “The two leaders today had a conversation for almost 90 minutes, followed by delegation-level talks and then lunch was hosted by PM Modi. A total of 6 hours of one to one meeting was held between the two leaders during this summit.”

While announcing the new mechanism, the Foreign Secretary said, “it will be established to discuss trade, investment, and services, at an elevated level. From China, it will be the Vice Premier, Hu Chunhua and from India, it will be Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.” “There was a new focus on people to people relations. It was decided that the public of both countries must be brought into the relationship. Ideas were exchanged on this,” he added.

While briefing, he said that the Kashmir issue was not raised and not discussed. “Our position is anyways very clear that it is an internal matter of India,” he said. Vijay Gokhale stated that President Xi Jinping has invited PM Narendra Modi to China for the next summit; PM Modi has accepted the invitation.

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While telling about the delegation talks over Mansarover Yatra, Vijay Gokhale said, “President Xi spoke of greater facilitation for Yatris going to the Mansarovar Yatra and Prime Minister suggested a number of ideas on the connection between the state of Tamil Nadu and the Fujian province of China.”

On terrorism, Vijay Gokhale said, “Both leaders have agreed that it was important to deal with challenges of terrorism and radicalisation in an increasingly complex world. Both are leaders of countries which are not only large in terms of areas and population, but also in terms of diversity.”

-PTC News