PM Modi’s flight to bypass Pakistan en route to Bishkek SCO

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will now use a circuitous route via Oman and Iran to reach the Kyrgyzstan capital. — AFP  File

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will now use a circuitous route via Oman and Iran to reach the Kyrgyzstan capital. — AFP File

Responding to a question, Gokhale said there was no discussion on any regional or worldwide issue as the focus was entirely on how to make Prime Minister's visit for the next annual summit successful.

Xi called on the two countries to keep deepening mutual trust, focusing on cooperation, and properly handling their disputes so as to turn the bilateral relationship into a positive element for their respective development.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aircraft won't fly over Pakistan on its way to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan for regional meet Shanghai Cooperation Organisation that starts on Thursday, the foreign ministry said.

The Chinese president said the two nations need to constantly broaden the channels for cooperation, conduct cooperation in such areas as investment, industrial capacity and tourism, make a bigger cake of common interests, jointly promote regional inter-connectivity, including the construction of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor, in a bid to better boost common development.

The Prime Minister said, the two countries will continue working together to improve economic and cultural ties. In a tweet, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, both the leaders discussed all aspects of enriching the bilateral relations between two countries. Mr Xi also congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his poll victory.

The meeting also comes a month after the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the powerful UN Security Council designated Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist after China, Pakistan's closest ally, lifted its technical hold on the proposal to blacklist him.

Sources said that the Iranian side was keen for a meeting, and India is trying to work out the timing of the meeting. This is Mr Modi's first multi-lateral summit after his re-election as the Prime Minister. The Leaders of SCO Member and Observer States as well as representatives of important International Organizations will attend the Meeting.

Besides Pakistan, SCO members comprise China, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The CHS is the supreme decision-making body in the SCO.

The prime minister is set to address two sessions of the meeting. During the meeting, India assured the Afghans that it will fulfil all the expectations of Afghanistan and Kabul in the path of "legitimate govt chosen through the democratic path".

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