FORTALEZA, July 15 � Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met Chinese President Xi Jinping here and pressed for a solution to the boundary question, saying if the two sides could amicably resolve the vexed issue, it would set an example for the world on peaceful conflict resolution, reports PTI.
The two leaders, who arrived almost at the same time in this seaside city of Brazil last evening to attend the BRICS Summit, engaged shortly thereafter for what was described as �good discussions and good meeting�.
The meeting - first between the two leaders - was scheduled for 40 minutes, but it went on for 80 minutes as it was a free-wheeling discussion without any constraints.
�Had a very fruitful meeting with Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping. We discussed a wide range of issues,� Modi tweeted after the meeting with Xi, also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China.
�Both sides emphasised the need to find a solution to the boundary question. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of strengthening mutual trust and confidence, and maintaining peace and tranquility on the border,� said a statement issued by the Prime Minister�s Office.
Prime Minister Modi told Xi that �if India and China could amicably resolve the boundary question, it would set an example for the entire world, on peaceful conflict resolution,� the statement added.
The two sides have held 17 rounds of Special Representative talks aimed at resolving the boundary issue.
India asserts that the border dispute covered nearly 4,057-km long Line of Actual Control, while China claims that it confined to about 2,000 km to the area of Arunachal Pradesh, which it refers to as Southern Tibet.