Mamallapuram (Tamil Nadu), Oct 11: The 'free flowing nature of the Informal Summit' will deepen contacts at the highest level and guide the future trajectory of India-China relationship, Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday.
'The free flowing nature of the Informal Summit at the UNESCO World Heritage site will continue and deepen contacts at the highest level and guide the future trajectory of India-China relationship," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on micro-blogging site.
Against the backdrop of magnificent panorama of 'Arjuna's Penance' in Mamallapuram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Chinese President Xi on his visit to Chennai for the 2nd Informal Summit, MEA spokesman said in another tweet. Mr Xi became the third Chinese leader on Friday to visit the World UNESCO Heritage site of Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram ahead of his second Informal Summit with Prime Minister Modi.
Mr Xi is the first Chinese leader to visit this place after a gap of 63 years. Attired in black trouser and white full shirt, he was received by Mr Modi, who was clad in traditional Veshti, white shirt and Angawastaram, symbolising Tamil culture and tradition. Mr Modi welcomed Mr Xi near Arjunan's penance, one of the three places to be visited by them.
After shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries, both of them had a pep talk and then walked through the heritage sites of Shore Temple and Five Rathas. During the visit, Mr Modi explained the historical importance of these places built by the Pallavas during the seventh century. The two leaders were seen chatting as they walked through the seventh century monuments built by Pallavas. (UNI)