Modi to avoid Pakistan airspace despite getting permission

Lester Mason
June 14, 2019

In an interview to Russian news agency Sputnik, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his government has been mulling purchase of arms from Moscow, given the fact that the Cold War was long over.

The SCO - at times touted as Asian NATO - is holding its 19th summit, beginning Thursday in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek. He wants senior ministers to hand-hold the new incumbents - for.

Last month, Pakistan had given special permission to the then external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to fly through Pakistani airspace while travelling to Bishkek to attend a meeting of SCO foreign ministers.

Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse fields, including land, air connectivity and tourism between the two countries, ARY News reported.

Furthermore, both leaders also agreed to a "joint ministerial commission and bilateral political consultations soon".

Pakistan's relationship with India is probably at its "lowest point", Prime Minister Imran Khan has said even as he expressed hope that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will use his "big mandate" to resolve all differences, including the Kashmir issue. Two events took place on the first day - an informal dinner hosted by President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov and a concert at Kyrgyz national Philharmonic but no pleasantries were exchanged between Indian and Pakistani leaders.

Earlier upon his arrival, Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev and health minister Kosmosbek Sarievich Cholponbaev received the premier, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) shared on social media.

The Prime Minister will address the plenary session of the SCO Summit tomorrow, where he will present his vision for the regional cooperation and development through the SCO forum.

Presidents and Prime Ministers of 8 member countries will participate in this multilateral worldwide forum which will also be attended by 4 head of states as observers. "I also think that we should hold talks in the RIC (Russia-India-China) format there", the Indian PM said, adding that such trilateral meetings should also be held on other global platforms.

It is expected that a number of decisions will be approved by the leaders attending the meeting, besides signing of agreements to intensify cooperation in diverse fields. The SCO is a China-led 8-member economic and security bloc with India and Pakistan being admitted to the grouping in 2017.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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