PM Imran, Modi likely to meet in Kyrgyzstan on June 13-14

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28 May, 2019 9:48 pm

LAHORE (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on June 13-14.

According to the reports of Indian media ‘The Print’, the meeting will be the first time the two leaders meet since PM Imran assumed office in August 2018. The meeting is also expected to kickstart talks between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

An Indian official who confirmed the meeting, told The Print that officials from both sides will be talking behind the scenes over the next few days to set the agenda of the meeting.

PM Imran spoke to Modi last week to congratulate him and his party over the victory in the recent parliamentary elections, reiterating his vision for peace and prosperity in South Asia.

PM Imran Khan not to be invited for Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

India will not invite Prime Minister Imran Khan to Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi, who starts his second term as India’s prime minister, two sources in the foreign ministry said, suggesting any early warming in ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours is unlikely.

An Indian government statement on Monday said the leaders of Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, and Bhutan – all members, with India, of the little-known Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) – have been invited to Modi’s swearing-in.

“This is in line with government’s focus on its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy,” a government spokesman said.

The leaders of Kyrgyzstan and Mauritius have also been invited, but two sources in Indian’s foreign ministry said Pakistan will not be on the list, without providing further information.

For the swearing-in ceremony for Modi’s first term in 2014, all nations from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), that includes Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Maldives, were invited.

In 2014 Pakistan’s then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the ceremony, to the anger of some of Modi’s Hindu-nationalist allies. Modi and Khan both claimed their air forces carried out air strikes in enemy territory in March, to the alarm of world powers.

PM phones Modi to congratulate him on his election victory

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan has congratulated his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on his party’s electoral victory in Lok Sabha elections.

This was stated by Foreign office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal in a tweet today. He said Prime Minister expressed his desire for both countries to work together for betterment of their peoples.

“PM spoke to PM Modi today and congratulated him on his party’s electoral victory in Lok Sabha elections in India. PM expressed his desire for both countries to work together for betterment of their peoples,” the FO spokesperson tweeted.

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