All Smiles As Modi, Xi Shake Hands In Hamburg
Hamburg: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China President Xi Jinping were all smiles as they shook hands on Friday at the G-20 Summit at Hamburg in Germany.
Their meeting comes amid mounting tension between India and China on developments near Sikkim over a border dispute. It is too earlier to say whether their cordial meeting has to led to easing of tensions between the two major countries of Asia.
Diplomats accompanying the Indian Prime Minister said the two leaders appreciated each other in taking the BRICS agenda forward. BRICS is an acronym for the association of five major emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Leaders of this association had informally met on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. Narendra Modi appreciated the momentum BRICS had achieved under the chairmanship of China and extended full cooperation of India for the upcoming summit to be hosted by Beijing.
Jinping, on his part, recalled the successful BRICS summit hosted by India in Goa in 2016. He appreciated India for being committed towards tackling terrorism and lauded the country’s achievements in the economic and social fields.
The Indian Prime Minister has called upon world leaders to collectively oppose terrorism. In a veiled reference to Pakistan, he sought international sanctions against countries, which finance or sponsor terrorism, franchise terrorists and provide them safe havens.