Noting that only 6 per cent of foreign tourists in India are from SCO countries, the prime minister said this can easily be doubled. The Chinese president said the SCO now stands as a new model for worldwide cooperation. "Their first meeting will be held this year", Gokhale said.
Beijing agreed to share hydrological information of the Brahmaputra river with New Delhi and agreed to let India export non-basmati rice.
Taking forward a decision made at Wuhan to work jointly on a developmental project in war-torn Afghanistan, the two leaders agreed to identify a "capacity building" project. They also discussed the regional security situation and global issues. Indian pharmaceuticals are another potential item of export to China, he said.
Tweeting about Saturday's meeting, China's envoy to India, Luo Zhaohui, said Xi and Modi had discussed the "implementation of Wuhan consensus and drawing (up a) blueprint for future China-India relations".
Describing the almost hour-long meeting as "substantial" and "forward looking", foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said both leaders made a very positive assessment of developments since they last met in the central city of Wuhan during April 28-29.
Sharing some aspects of the almost 50-minute meeting, the foreign secretary said Xi described the Wuhan summit as a "new starting point" in bilateral relations between the two countries while Prime Minister called it as a "milestone" in ties which will help in developing mutual understanding and trust. "And in that context Xi told Modi that China is looking at enhancing agricultural exports from India including non-Basmati rice and sugar", Gokhale said.
"Met this year's SCO host, President Xi Jinping this evening". Putin arrived on June 8 for a state visit to China and will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Leaders Summit in the eastern port city of Qingdao on June 9-10.
"On the Indian side, it will be headed by the external affairs minister (Sushma Swaraj) while on Chinese side, it will be headed by state councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi".
The two leaders also spoke about ensuring greater people-to-people contact, with Xi talking about the popularity of Indian films like Dangal, Bahubaali and Hindi Medium in China.
The two leaders agreed to maintain strategic communications and meet on the sidelines of worldwide meetings.
President Mamnoon congratulated President Xi Jinping on his re-election as President of People's Republic of China and General Secretary of Communist Party of China (CPC).
Troops of India and China were locked in the 73-day standoff in Doklam since June 16 a year ago after the Indian side stopped the construction of a road by the Chinese Army in the disputed area.