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SCO Summit: PM Modi Leaves For Bishkek; Meetings With Chinese, Russian Presidents On Cards

The ministry of external affairs had on Monday said that India will hold bilateral meetings with Russia and China on the sidelines of the SCO summit.

SCO Summit: PM Modi Leaves For Bishkek; Meetings With Chinese, Russian Presidents On Cards
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves before embarking on a two-day visit to Bishkek. (ANI photo)
SCO Summit: PM Modi Leaves For Bishkek; Meetings With Chinese, Russian Presidents On Cards
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2019-06-13T09:53:36+05:30

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday morning embarked on a two-day visit to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.

The ministry of external affairs had on Monday said that India will hold bilateral meetings with Russia and China on the sidelines of the SCO summit.

The meetings are expected to take place when PM Modi is in Bishkek to attend the meeting of the Council of Heads of State (CHS) of SCO from June 13 to 14.

The MEA also revealed that India would be holding a meeting with host nation Kyrgyzstan on June 14.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will also be attending the summit. This will be the first time two leaders will come face to face after months of tension between two countries, which began with February 14 Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy in which at least 40 jawans were killed. The responsibility for the attack was claimed by Pakistan-based terror outfit -- Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

On February 26, India launched an air strike on terror camps in Pakistan's Balakot, in response to the barbaric terror attack in Pulwama.

However, there would be no talks between Modi and Khan. This comes despite the Pakistan Prime Minister writing a letter to his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, saying Islamabad wants dialogue with New Delhi to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries.

The next day, Pakistan Air Force planes had to attack Indian military installations in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to a dogfight. A MiG 21 aircraft flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had shot down an F16 fighter plane of Pakistan during the aerial confrontation.

Moreover, India recently announced that Modi will not take the Pakistani air space for flying to the SCO summit in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan and instead will fly by the circuitous route through Oman and Iran.

In 2017, India and Pakistan became full members of the SCO.

Founded in 2001, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and are the founding members of the organisation.

(With inputs from ANI)

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