Expanding India’s horizon in international affairs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sideline of Sanghai Cooperation (SCO) summit to be held in Bishkek, Kyrghyzstan.
The summit will be held from 14 June onwards, the External Affairs Ministry stated it at New Delhi on Tuesday.
It is also scheduled that Uzbekistan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov will also meet to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the bilateral relationship.
A Gitesh Sharma, secretary in charge of Western Affairs in the Ministry, on Tuesday told media, “We are happy to confirm bilateral meeting with Russia and China. There are also similar request from others.” The official refused to confirm whether Modi would meet his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan. Ministry has stated that there is no official confirmation regarding the bilateral meeting. But he stated that issues related to terrorism, Afghanistan, regional security, multilateral dialogue and global scenario would be part of the discussion at the summit.
An External Affairs Ministry source indicated Modi is expected to reiterate his invite to President Xi to visit India for an informal summit later this year.
The first informal summit was held in Wuhan last year. The SCO summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, on June 14 will be the first multilateral meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his re-election as Prime Minister.
The bureaucrat also asserted, “India was satisfied with the participation in the Regional Anti-Terror Structure (RATS) India has been participating in tactical drills and counter terror cooperation with other SCO member countries under RATS, which has its headquarters in Tashkent.”