China President Xi and India PM Modi pledge stronger ties in first meeting
Published on Jul 15, 2014 3:00 PM
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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