Modi to avoid Pakistani airspace despite getting permission


On Wednesday Pakistan gave a special permission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's VVIP flight to use its airspace for his official trip to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

The Kremlin has said that the Russian president will also take part in a trilateral meeting with the leaders of China and Mongolia on the sidelines of the SCO summit, which will officially take place on June 14.

The bilateral treaty is likely to increase the flow of investment between India and Kyrgyzstan and provide protection to investors from the two nations making investments in both the countries.

Khan has twice written to Prime Minister Modi, seeking resumption of dialogue on all issues, including on Kashmir.

Qureshi added that Pakistan was in no hurry in the regard.

Modi and Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov jointly inaugurated the India-Kyrgyz Business Forum.

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He also invited Kyrgyz businessmen to come to India to explore opportunities of bilateral trade.

The Pakistan prime minister in his speech lauded the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) calling it a "flagship project of President Xi's far-sighted Belt and Road Initiative".

With all three nations being the members of SCO, the ongoing trade war between the USA and China, as well as American sanctions against Iran, could also be discussed. This is Mr Modi's first multi-lateral summit after his re-election as the Prime Minister. The Leaders of SCO Member and Observer States as well as representatives of important International Organizations will attend the Meeting.

Putin also said that in order to boost joint efforts in that area, the leaders of SCO countries planned to endorse a concept of cooperation in the field of digitization and information technology at the Bishkek summit.

Since becoming an SCO member in 2017, Pakistan has been actively participating in various SCO events, including ones involving foreign affairs, defence, national security, economy and trade, science and innovation, youth and women empowerment, tourism and media.

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