Prez Patil meets Wen, to meet Hu later today

President Pratibha Patil Thursday discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest and situation in the region with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who described her visit here as "significant" as it coincided with the 60th year of establishment of Sino-India diplomatic ties.

Last Updated: May 27, 2010, 13:49 PM IST

Beijing: President Pratibha Patil Thursday discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest and situation in
the region with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who described her
visit here as "significant" as it coincided with the 60th year
of establishment of Sino-India diplomatic ties.

Patil, who arrived here yesterday on a six-day visit,
was welcomed warmly by Wen at the Great Hall of the People.

"It is a great pleasure to have you here. Let me
welcome you to China. You are the first (Indian) President to
visit in a decade," Wen said, while welcoming Patil.

The Chinese Premier said the visit is "significant" as
it comes at a time when the two countries are commemorating
the 60th year of establishment of diplomatic relations.

Referring to the India-style Buddhist temple in Loyang
in central China, which Patil will inaugurate during her trip,
Wen said this is yet another effort by the two countries to
promote friendly relations.

Wen said he would discuss all bilateral issues of
mutual interest with Patil.

In her remarks, Patil said: "I am very much pleased to
visit you in China and I thank for the hospitality extended to
me and my delegation. Excellent arrangements have been made
for the visit and I thank you for that."

She also referred to Wen`s last visit to India.

"We cherish your visit to India and remember your
constructive role in building a strategic partnership between
the two countries," she said. Patil will meet President Hu
Jintao later in the day.

While Patil was assisted by Minister of State for Food
Processing Subodh Kant Sahay, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao,
Indian Ambassador S Jaishankar, the Chinese team included
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and senior officials.

Issues like issuance of stapled visas to Kashmiris by
China and Beijing`s support for India`s bid for a permanent
seat in the UNSC are believed to have figured during the
discussions.

Patil had yesterday indicated that she will seek
China`s support for India`s bid for a permanent seat in the UN
Security Council.

PTI