New Delhi: Vikas Swarup, spokesperson for Ministry of External Affairs, told media about the recent developments from the meeting between Indian and Chinese foreign ministers in Moscow. Swaraj took up the issue with Wang Yi at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral meeting of their foreign ministers.

Both the ministers appreciated the expanding trade and investment ties between India and China. They underscored the importance of strengthening people to people ties. In context to this, Foreign Minister Wang Yi apprised Sushma Swaraj of China’s decision to increase the number of Indian pilgrims for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Nathu La.

The state of bilateral relations was reviewed by the two. Swarup said, “The ministers also assessed the implementation of decisions taken during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to China in May last year. Both the counterparts noted the significance of high-level exchanges contemplated this year, including the ongoing visit of Defence Minister.

China would be hosting the G20 Summit and India the BRICS Summit in 2016.

Swaroop added, “Swaraj raised the issue of listing of Masood Azhar in the UN 1267 Committee and emphasized that as common victims of terrorism, China and India should cooperate in combating this challenge. It was agreed that the two sides would remain in touch on this matter.”

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