PRIME Minister Narendra Modi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping next week on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit at Bishkek, the first meeting between the two leaders after the formation of the new Government, Indian envoy Vikram Misri announced on Thursday. “In recent years, India and China have been able to build a very mature and stable relationship. The informal summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi in Wuhan last year was a milestone and has been instrumental in taking our relations to a new height,” Misri said.
The Indian ambassador was speaking after inaugurating India’s Synthite Industries’ 3rd manufacturing facility at Wucheng county in Dezhou in China’s Shandong province. “It is worth mentioning that last year, our leaders met four times on the sidelines of different multi-lateral meetings. Next week, they are again meeting in Bishkek on the sidelines of the SCO Summit,” he said. The SCO summit is due to be held on June 13-14 in the Kyrgyzstan capital.
The SCO is a China-led 8-member security bloc with India and Pakistan being admitted to the grouping in 2017. This will be their first meeting after Modi’s re-election following the stunning victory of the BJP in the general elections. Xi extended his “heartfelt congratulations” to Prime Minister Modi for winning the general elections, in a rare gesture of greeting a foreign leader well before the official announcement of the results.
No Modi-Imran meeting planned during SCO: MEA
INDIA on Thursday said that no bilateral meeting has been planned between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek next week. There was speculation about possibility of a meeting between Modi and Khan in the wake of a private visit here by Pakistan Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood days after telephonic conversation between the Prime Ministers.