New Delhi, July 27:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg on Thursday. Notably, the two leaders who met for the third time in less than four months, held talks to further friendship between India and China.  Both the countries restated their commitment to maintain peace and tranquillity along their border.

Addressing a press conference, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale informed,”Both leaders have reaffirmed once again their readiness to give their militaries the necessary directions to enhance communications between them and to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.”

Furthermore, Gokhale said an Indian delegation will visit China on August 1 and 2 to examine ways to enhance trade and exports.

“An important issue which Prime Minister Modi has raised with President Xi at his previous meetings is how to enhance Indian exports to China, particularly agricultural exports. It has been decided that an Indian trade delegation will be travelling to China on August 1 and 2,” he noted.

Taking to Twitter, MEA spokesperson posted a picture of both the leaders and said,”Taking forward the spirit of cooperation following Summit meetings in Wuhan and Qingdao, PM Narendra Modi had a substantive meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Johannesburg on the sidelines of BRICS Summit. Discussed steps to further build trust and cooperation.”

Earlier in April, the Prime Minister had visited China for an informal summit with President Xi. In China’s Wuhan City, the two leaders held delegation-level talks and underscored the need for strengthening bilateral relations between India and China.

While Prime Minister Modi said that the bilateral relations between the two Asian giants would be based on shared vision and strong relationship, President Xi agreed to cooperate and work with India to seek guidance.

PM Modi, who arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday, finished the last leg of his Africa tour and presented India’s statement at the BRICS leaders’ closed session earlier on Thursday. The three-day summit began with the BRICS Business Forum Meet.

India signed MoUs in the fields of education, skill, health and agriculture with South Africa. Prime Minister Modi had earlier visited Rwanda and Uganda.

The 10th BRICS Summit, as a milestone in the history of BRICS, was held under the theme “BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the fourth Industrial Revolution”.

(With inputs from agencies)