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Khan, Putin hold informal meeting on sidelines of 19th SCO Summit

Khan, Putin hold informal meeting on sidelines of 19th SCO Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral meetings with Presidents of China and Russian Federation at Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek this evening. India will hold bilateral meetings with Russian Federation and China on the sidelines of the SCO summit at Bishkek.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday reiterated the need to resolve all outstanding issues with India through dialogue, which, he said, is the only way to sort out differences, amid spiralling tensions between the two neighbouring countries.

He said India has a consistent position with respect to Pakistan that it wants peaceful relations with Islamabad. Khan and Modi have never met since Khan came to power in the July elections of 2018 - though he had once met Modi during his visit to India as Pakistan's main opposition leader a few years ago.

They recognised the positive role of strategic communication in deepening their partnership. "We expect Islamabad to take concrete action" to resume talks, Gokhale quoted the prime minister as telling President Xi.

The premier will address two sessions of the meeting and interact with other leaders to improve cooperation.

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However, on Monday, the MEA spokesperson said no such meeting has been arranged between the two leaders.

He was responding to media queries regarding the route to be taken by Prime Minister's aircraft while travelling to Bishkek. He was received by Kyrgyz Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev at the Manas International Airport, Bishkek. 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 various global organizations will attend the meeting. The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc.

Khan said Pakistan was open for "any kind of mediation" and seeks peace with all its neighbours, especially with India, asserting that the three "small wars" have damaged both the countries that now grapple with the "greatest amount of poverty". This will be the second CHS meeting after India became a member of SCO.

Earlier on Friday, Imran Khan had written to PM Modi offering dialogue to reconcilable problems including the Kashmir issue.