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May 12, 2013 at 09:23am IST

Raised incursion issue with China, border agreement talks on: Khurshid

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, who reached New Delhi on Saturday after his two-day China visit, said that his meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing was "fruitful" and the two countries are working on new border agreement. "India and China underlined things like recent incursion should not happen and agreed that this issue should not come in way of improving ties," the minister said at a press conference in the national capital.

Just days after India-China standoff ended over the Ladakh incursion issue, Khurshid had left for China on a two-day visit. Besides talks with his counterpart Wang Yi, Khurshid also met new Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who is planning to visit India later in May, making it the first stop of his maiden foreign tour.

"China has proposed sometime back a proposal for Border Defence Cooperation Agreement...We have also given our suggestions," said the External Affairs Minister at the press conference. "India and China are working on new Border Defence Cooperation Agreement. Talks between Special Representatives of India and China on boundary issue to take place in couple of months," he added.

On the recent incursion by Chinese troops 19 km into Indian territory, he said: "We did not do any post-mortem or apportion blame". Khurshid expressed satisfaction that the mechanisms in place worked well to resolve the stand off.

On the contentious issues which could be raised during the visit of Chinese premier Li Keqiang, he said, "there are no prickly issues, issues of major differences which can be seen as obstacles". He told the media that MoUs would be signed during the Chinese Premier's visit and some during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's subsequent visit to Beijing later in 2013.

"This is for the first time since 1954 that a two way visit by the two Prime Ministers of the two countries in the same year," Khurshid said. He also told the media that China has agreed to release two Indian prisoners. He said more dialogues were needed between the two countries to address imbalance of trade. "Year of the Snake will be a significant one for India-China relations," the minister added.

(With additional information from PTI)