Indian PM Narendra Modi and Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan are not likely to meet on the sidelines of the SCO summit, confirms the Indian Ministry of External Affairs
According to the Indian MEA, talks between Indian PM Narendra Modi and Pakistani PM Imran Khan on the sidelines of the SCO summit have not been confirmed.
The summit meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is scheduled to be held on 13th and 14th of June in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.
On Thursday, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “To the best of my knowledge I am not aware of any bilateral meeting being set up or organised, between PM Modi and Prime Minister Imran Khan at Bishkek.”
The Union Ministry has made the announcement ahead of PM Modi’s first round of foreign visits. Initial stops include Maldives and Sri Lanka.
The perturbed Indo-Pak bilateral relations have strained further after the 2019 Pulwama Attack, claimed by Pakistan-based terrorist outfit JeM.
India’s new Foreign Minister, S. Jaishankar has also confirmed a shift from SAARC to BIMSTEC for neighbourhood cooperation. Pakistan is not a member of the latter.