India’s Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday clarified there would be no bilateral talks scheduled between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the sidelines on the upcoming SCO summit.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit is to be held at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.
Today, response came during an External Affairs Ministry briefing
Modi will attend the SCO annual summit in Bishkek on 13th and 14th of this month.
The Ministry’s spokesperson said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will embark on a two-day visit to Bhutan from Friday.
This is Jaishankar’s first overseas visit after assuming charge of the Ministry.
The spokesperson said during the visit, Jaishankar will call on Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering and meet his counterpart Tandi Dorji.
It may be mentioned that The SCO, or Shanghai Pact is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance, the creation of which was announced in June 2001 in Shanghai, China by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan; the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Charter, formally establishing the organisation, was signed in June 2002 and entered into force on 19 September 2003.
The original five nations, with the exclusion of Uzbekistan, were previously members of the Shanghai Five group, founded on 26 April 1996. Since then, the organisation has expanded its membership to eight countries when India and Pakistan joined SCO as full members on 9 June 2017 at a summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.