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Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale: Kashmir issue was not discussed between India – China talks.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale: Kashmir issue was not discussed between India – China talks.

  13 Oct 2019

On Saturday Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said about Kashmir issue that was not discussed between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, during India-China’s second informal summit. The foreign secretary addressed the media, “Kashmir issue was not raised and not discussed. Our position is anyways very clear that this is an internal matter of India.” Gokhale also told that for the next summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping has invited P.M. Narendra Modi to China and Prime Minister Modi has accepted the invitation.

Gokhale said, adding a new mechanism will be established to discuss trade, investment and services, at an elevated level. “There was a new focus on people to people relations. It was decided that the people of both countries must be brought in the relationship,”

“The two leaders today had a conversation for almost 90 minutes, which was followed by delegation-level talks and then lunch was hosted by PM Modi,” Gokhale said, adding a total of 6 hours of one to one meeting was held between the two leaders during this summit. 

Commenting on Xi’s talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gokhale said, “President Xi spoke of greater facilitation for pilgrims 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.”Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday departed from Chennai for Nepal. 

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