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Li cheers India-China foreign ministers' bonhomie

May 11, 2013 09:47 IST

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Beijing: Notwithstanding the recent boundary tensions, India-China bonhomie was at its best today as External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi displayed warmth by embracing each other drawing applause from Premier Li Keqiang.

Khurshid and Wang, who held over three hours of talks on Friday, in spontaneous gesture hugged each other when the external affairs minister called on Li to finalise the new Chinese Premier's visit to India later this month.

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. AFP

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. AFP

Looking pleased to see Khurshid and Wang in tight embrace, Li said he is very happy to see both the ministers establishing good rapport.

Asked about the bonhomie, Khurshid later told the Indian media, "You saw for yourself. That was an interesting observation made by PM."

"It is gratifying for any foreign minister to see the head government of a foreign country to take such an indulgent and complementary view of what you are doing. I am very happy and pleased to strike a chord with the foreign minister," he said.

Asked whether it was planned, he said, "It was spontaneous. We really got along well."

PTI