PM Narendra Modi's schedule at SCO summit in Bishkek today
This will be PM Modi's first participation at a multilateral forum after coming back to power following huge mandate in the Lok Sabha polls last month.
The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The Organization is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc with India and Pakistan being admitted to the grouping in 2017.
PM @narendramodi leaves for Bishkek, where he will join the SCO Summit.
He will take part in various multilateral programmes and also meet world leaders in separate bilateral meetings. pic.twitter.com/GZIqZQmMIr
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 13, 2019
- PM Narendra Modi's programme in Bishkek today
1500 hrs - Arrival at Manas International Airport, Bishkek
1650 hrs - Bilateral Meeting with President Xi Jinping of China
Xi will pay state visits to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from June 12 to 16, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang announced on Sunday. Last year's successful first-ever informal summit between Xi and Modi at Wuhan which was widely regarded a milestone in the bilateral ties.
1730 hrs - Bilateral Meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia
1830 hrs - Informal Dinner hosted by President Sooronbay Jeenbekov of Kyrgyzstan
India and the Kyrgyz Republic, bound by historical and civilizational links, share traditionally warm and friendly relations. Here Modi will address the first meeting of India-Kyrgyz Business Forum, an endeavour to promote commercial linkages between our nations. Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov had attended Modi's swearing-in ceremony last month.
2200 hrs- Bilateral Meeting with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan
(All times local, approx)
Pakistan PM Imran Khan is also scheduled to arrive at the around same time. A dinner hosted by Kyrgyz President at 6:30 PM will be the first opportunity where PM Modi and his Pak counterpart Imran Khan may come face to face. India has said that no bilateral meeting has been planned between Prime Minister Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Khan on the sidelines of the SCO Summit.
On Wednesday, it was reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not fly over Pakistan on his way to Bishkek to attend a summit. It said Modi's aircraft will fly over Oman, Iran and several Central Asian countries to reach the Kyrgyz capital.
weather warning for Gujarat, @PMOIndia's #AirIndiaOne takes a careful flight route over his home state to avoid tribulance and #PakAirSpace while traveling to #Bishkek. pic.twitter.com/nsHSURHw8h
— Pranay Upadhyaya (@JournoPranay) June 13, 2019
Tensions between India and Pakistan worsened after the Pulwama terror attack and both the countries were almost on the brink of a war after India's military planes struck a terrorist training camp in Pakistan's Balakot on February 26 and Pakistan carried out a counter-offensive the next day.
India has not been engaging with Pakistan following the attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot in January of 2016, maintaining that talks and terror cannot go together.
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