PM Modi’s flight to bypass Pakistan en route to Bishkek SCO

PM Modi granted permission to cross Pakistani airspace

PM Modi granted permission to cross Pakistani airspace

The RIC trilateral talks between Putin, Modi and China's President Xi Jinping usually focus on the global economy and its financial system, Vasily Kashin, a senior research fellow at Russia's Higher School of Economics, told RT.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday reached Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to represent Pakistan at the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

A diplomatic source said on Wednesday that Pakistan "formally conveyed the decision after the completion of procedural formalities" for the summit to be held between 13-14 June.

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. In a tweet, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, both the leaders discussed all aspects of enriching the bilateral relations between two countries. "They must persist in deepening mutual trust, focusing on cooperation, and accepting differences so that China-India relations become a more positive asset and positive energy for promoting the development of the two countries".

Modi said his meeting with Xi previous year in Wuhan was very successful, which has helped achieve new progress in bilateral ties, adding that the Indian side is ready to work with China in intensifying high-level exchanges and bolstering strategic communication.

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

He was responding to media queries regarding the route to be taken by Prime Minister's aircraft while travelling to Bishkek.

The invitation to the Prime Minister was extended by Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, who would Chair the CHS Meeting. The Prime Minister was accorded warm welcome on his arrival at Manas International airport in Kyrgyz capital.

"But we hope now that the current prime minister has one big mandate, we hope that he will use this mandate to develop better relationship and bring peace in the subcontinent", Khan said.

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.

Besides Pakistan, SCO's membership comprises China, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The SCO is a China-led 8-member economic and security bloc with India and Pakistan being admitted to the grouping in 2017. But it did not mention the format, venue or timing of the dialogue, nor about any SCO meeting.