Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Amid frosty ties, Imran Khan reiterates need for dialogue with India

Amid frosty ties, Imran Khan reiterates need for dialogue with India

PM Modi arrived in the Kyrgyz capital on Thursday for the SCO summit, the first multilateral engagement post his re-election. He wants senior ministers to hand-hold the new incumbents - for.

Moreover, India recently announced that Modi will not take the Pakistani air space for flying to the SCO summit in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan and instead will fly by the circuitous route through Oman and Iran.

According to details, Kyrgyzstan president Sooronbay Sharipovich Jeenbekov welcomed the premier and also hold group photo with all the members.

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

Xi urged the two sides to stick to the fundamental judgement that China and India offer to each other chances for development, and do not pose each other threats, and called on the two countries to keep deepening mutual trust, focusing on cooperation, and properly handling their disputes so as to turn the bilateral relationship into a positive element for their respective development.

Pakistan granted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plane permission to cross Pakistani airspace to attend the event.

Following the elections, the political commentators said that PM Khan had telephoned his Indian counterpart and congratulated him on his party's victory in the Lok Sabha polls, adding that Khan had expressed his desire for both the countries to work together for the betterment of their people.

"India is also friendly with the United States, and Pakistan is also friendly with the US".

Presidents and Prime Ministers of 8 member countries will participate in this multilateral global forum which will also be attended by 4 head of states as observers.

The prime minister is set to address two sessions of the meeting.

After the summit in Kyrgyzstan, Putin, Xi, Central Asian leaders, and top officials from dozens of other countries will convene on June 15 in neighboring Tajikistan's capital, Dushanbe, for the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

Kyrgyz Minister for Health Kosmosbek Sarievich Cholponbaev was also present to receive Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Youth Affairs Usman Dar.

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. India and Pakistan joined in 2017.

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