PM Modi granted permission to cross Pakistani airspace

PM Modi granted permission to cross Pakistani airspace

This year's G20 summit is scheduled to take place in Osaka on June 28 and 29, with Japan hosting the high-profile gathering for the first time.

In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Modi said, he had a fruitful meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

However, the leaders are unlikely to talk about defense and arms trade, as "Russia has wide bilateral ties with each of those countries in this area, while China and India have neither trust nor military cooperation", Kashin pointed out, adding that only joint anti-terrorist efforts may be touched-upon. New Delhi acknowledged on Wednesday that it had considered both the routes - one that would fly directly in a northwestern direction to Bishkek, but had eventually decided in favour of the other one which would detour via Oman and Iran. Mr Xi also congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his poll victory.

The invitation to the Prime Minister was extended by Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, who would Chair the CHS Meeting.

President Putin recognised Prime Minister Modi's personal contribution in strengthening bilateral relations and said that Russian Federation awarded its highest state honour "Order of St Andrew the Apostle" to him for initiatives he has taken to develop the bilateral relationship. Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come as the main guest to the Eastern Economic Forum. "China is ready to work with India to continuously advance the closer development partnership between the two countries", Xi said. Leaders of SCO Members and observer states, as well as, representatives of important worldwide organisations will attend the meeting.

Earlier, Pakistan has given formal clearance to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use its airspace to travel to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan's capital.

The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc with India and Pakistan being admitted to the grouping in 2017. The CHS is the supreme decision-making body in the SCO.

Moreover, suggesting that there is not much difference between a minister and an MP, he said that the council members should keep their respective party MPs and the general public on the loop regarding important developments as well as start meeting parliamentarians from their respective states. During the meeting, India assured the Afghans that it will fulfil all the expectations of Afghanistan and Kabul in the path of "legitimate govt chosen through the democratic path".

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