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Pak-India tension continues as Imran ignores Modi at SCO Summit

Pak-India tension continues as Imran ignores Modi at SCO Summit
June 14, 2019
BISHKEK (92 News) – Pakistan and India tension continued as Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Indian counter counterpart Narendra Modi did not even mix hands with each other at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Bishkek. It is noteworthy that Imran Khan and Narendra Modi attended dinner reception hosted by President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov in honour of leaders participating in the 19th SCO Summit in Bishkek. Imran Khan along with other world leaders attended the opening ceremony of 19th meeting of the council of the heads of state of the SCO. Imran Khan and Narendra Modi entered the hall together however; Imran Khan walking at the front snubbed his Indian counterpart. PM Khan and Modi entered the venue together but Imran Khan completely ignored Modi and seated at the other corner of the hall. Modi also avoided Imran Khan and did not shake hands with him.
PM, Putin discuss matters of mutual interest
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan held an informal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the 19th meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

They discussed the matters of mutual interest. Both leaders will hold one-on-one meeting on Friday.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan gave an interview to the Russian media. He expressed the wish to reduce tension with India and enhance relations with Russia. He said that Pakistan wants to spend money on public welfare instead of weapons. Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan reached Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to attend the 19th meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). He is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar. The prime minister will address two sessions of the SCO moot. He will have bilateral interaction with presidents of China and Russia in addition to other leaders on the sidelines of the forum. A number of decisions will be approved by the leaders besides signing agreements to intensify cooperation in diverse fields. The Leaders of SCO Member and Observer States as well as representatives of important international organizations will attend the meeting.