Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Bagley on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping conversed on a range of issues at an informal gathering of BRICS leaders on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg.

"At the BRICS leaders' informal gathering @ Hamburg hosted by China, PM @narendramodi and President Xi had a conversation on a range of issues," Bagley tweeted.

The conversations between the two leaders come a day after China rejected a bilateral meeting amid a stand-off between the armies of the two countries in the Sikkim sector.

PM Modi appreciated the momentum in BRICS under the chairmanship of President Xi and extended full cooperation and best wishes for the BRICS Xiamen Summit.

President Xi also appreciated India's strong resolve against terrorism and the momentum in BRICS introduced under India's chairmanship.

It was not clear if the Doklam standoff between the armies of the two countries came up for discussion. The two leaders are, however, not scheduled to meet as the "atmosphere" is not good due to the face-off between their armies in Doklam region in the Sikkim sector.

China and India are caught in a stand-off in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Doklam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

(With inputs from agencies)