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Pakistan Snubbed | No PM Modi-Imran Khan Meet At SCO Summit, No Meeting For Pak Foreign Secretary On His 'personal Visit' Either: MEA

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Published:

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  • In the weekly press briefing by the Official Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar, he ruled out the speculations of any meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan. 
  • 'There is no bilateral meeting being planned between Prime Minister and Pakistan PM', said Kumar
  • On Pakistan foreign secretary Sohail Mahmood's visit to India, he said: 'The visit of Pakistan foreign secretary to India is a personal visit and there is no meeting whatsoever with any offices'

In the weekly press briefing by the Official Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar ruled out the speculations of any meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit.  

Responding to the question about the possible meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, he said:

"To the best of my knowledge, there is no bilateral meeting being planned between Prime Minister and Pakistan PM," he said.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit is scheduled in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek during June 13-14 and the G20 Summit at Osaka in Japan during June 28-29.

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India and Pakistan have had no substantive engagement since December 2015 when the two sides had agreed to resume the dialogue process under the name of comprehensive bilateral dialogue (CBD). Incidentally, one of the architects of CBD - then foreign secretary S Jaishankar is now a foreign minister in PM Modi's cabinet. 

Further in the press briefing, when asked about Pakistan foreign secretary Sohail Mahmood's visit to India and any courtesy meeting with either the EAM or foreign secretary, Kumar replied that his visit is personal. 

"The visit of Pakistan foreign secretary to India is a personal visit and there is no meeting whatsoever with any offices," Kumar replied. 

When asked about another important issue between Pakistan and India - the Kartarpur Corridor, he said: "We remain committed to realise the long pending demand of Indian pilgrims to visit the holy gurudwara of Kartarpur Sahib. We've sought clarification on reports that controversial elements have been appointed by Pakistan, from a committee associated with this project. We've sought clarification from Pakistan on some of the key proposals forwarded in the last meetings. We are still awaiting their response."

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