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Picture speaks more than a thousand words: India on Modi-Xi meet

We have tweeted that the two leaders discussed a range of issues, says Gopal Baglay

Press Trust of India  |  Hamburg 

Narendra Modi, Moon Jae-in, G20 Summit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the 12th G-20 Summit, in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday. (Photo: PTI)

today refused to elaborate on the "range of issues" discussed by Prime Minister and Chinese President during their informal conversation yesterday in Hamburg, in the backdrop of a standoff between their armies in the Sikkim sector.

"We have tweeted that the two leaders discussed a range of issues. A range of issues means a range of issues. I don't want to add anything further...I leave it to you to draw your conclusion," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

His response came when during a briefing here he was asked if a "range of issues" discussed during the conversation between Modi and Xi ahead of the informal meeting of the BRICS leaders on the sidelines of the included the standoff in the Sikkim sector.

"I'm not commenting on it because we have said what we have (to say) and as to the picture, well, the old saying is that a picture speaks more than a thousand words," was Baglay's response when asked about whether the picture along with the tweet showing the two leaders smiling was indicative of any de-escalation of tension between the two countries.

The informal interaction between Modi and Xi came a day after a top Chinese foreign ministry official had said that the "atmosphere" is "not right" for a formal bilateral meeting between them in Hamburg.

The standoff between and in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction has dragged on for the past three weeks. It started after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam while claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Baglay also asserted that the prime minister was here to attend the meetings. "He participated in the proceedings and India's contribution to these discussions is the main focus for us here. At the same time, the prime minister had several bilaterals on the margins," he added.

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First Published: Sat, July 08 2017. 21:35 IST