Pakistan To Open Its Airspace For PM Modi's Flight To Bishkek: Minister


Responding to a question on whether Pakistan is seeking worldwide mediation in improving bilateral ties with India, Khan said that Islamabad is looking for mediation as it believes that "progress comes with peace and tensions with neighbours detract from resources that can be spent on human beings".

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.

However, the leaders are unlikely to talk about defense and arms trade, as "Russia has wide bilateral ties with each of those countries in this area, while China and India have neither trust nor military cooperation", Kashin pointed out, adding that only joint anti-terrorist efforts may be touched-upon. 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.

The meeting between Modi and Jinping, initially scheduled for 15 minutes, extended for a longer time, added Gokhale. Our talks included the full spectrum of India-China relations. "Now things have changed", the Pakistan premier said. However, India claims that only one plane was shot down and made counter claims that its pilots shot down a U.S. made F-16. At the moment, the PM said his country's bilateral relationship with India is, probably, at its lowest point.

Modi also brought forth the five-year agenda which every ministry is required to formulate with an impactful decision taken within the first 100 days of the new government.

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"This is the beginning of series of other interactions".

On his meeting with the Russian President, the Prime Minister said, he had a wonderful meeting with Mr Vladimir Putin.

In July 2015 in Ufa, Russia, the SCO made a decision to admit India and Pakistan as full members and both the countries officially joined SCO as full members during the Astana Summit in 2017.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi attended the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Bishkek last month. The economic and commercial engagement between India and China constitutes a major component of the bilateral relations with bilateral trade which crossed United States dollars 95 billion last year and is set to cross USD 100 billion this year.