Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who on Friday attended the 13th G-20 Summit in Argentina's capital of Buenos Aires, met Chinese President Xi Jinping to formulate strategies to strengthen the bilateral ties between both the countries. Modi told Xi that he was looking forward to hos him for an informal summit in 2019.
This was Modi’s third meeting with Jinping in recent times following their informal summit in the Chinese city of Wuhan in April. The two leaders have met at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held in June in China’s Qingdao and the second time at the BRICS summit in South Africa's Johannesburg in July.
"Today's meeting will be important in providing a direction in terms of strengthening our relations," Modi said.
Soon after the meeting, the PMO India tweeted that the two leaders held productive discussions, which include ways to strengthen relations and maintaining the momentum between India and China.
"Such initiatives are helpful in maintaining the momentum," the prime minister said while speaking during his meeting with Jinping this afternoon. Last but not the least, Modi also thanked President Jinping for taking out his time for the bilateral talks.
Post that, Modi also interacted with several other world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May in leaders lounge at G-20 Summit in Argentina.
Later in the day, Modi also held the first trilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in order to voice India's firm commitment to make the Indo-Pacific a region for shared economic growth.
Speaking at the trilateral meeting Modi said, "Both countries are our strategic partners and both leaders are my good friends. Japan, USA, India acronym is JAI, so 'Jai' in Hindi means success. This sends a good message".
Briefing the media on their bilateral meeting, Trump, on the other hand, said, "We just had a great meeting. Our relationship is extremely great, strong. It is stronger than ever. We are doing very well together, a lot of defence and military purchases".