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China President Xi and India PM Modi pledge stronger ties in first meeting

Published on Jul 15, 2014 3:00 PM
In this photograph received from the Press Information Bureau (PIB) and taken on July 14, 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the sixth BRICS summit in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza. Mr Modi is attending the summit between July 15 to July 16. -- PHOTO: AFP 

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed on the need to resolve a decades-old border dispute during talks before the Brics summit in Brazil, a statement said on Tuesday.

The leaders also pledged to strengthen trade and diplomatic ties during the 80-minute meeting in Fortaleza, their first since nationalist hardliner Modi won landslide elections in May.

"Both sides emphasised on the need to find a solution to the Boundary Question," the Indian government said in a statement in New Delhi. "The Prime Minister stressed the importance of strengthening mutual trust and confidence, and maintaining peace and tranquility on the border."

Modi said in a tweet that he had "a very fruitful meeting" with Xi and they had discussed a wide range of issues.

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