While the Ministry of External affairs Official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday clarified that there is no meeting on cards between the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan premier Imran Khan on the sidelines of SCO Summit this month, Foreign Minister of Pakistan has written to external affairs minister S Jaishankar for talks, as per sources.
Sources have said that visiting foreign minister Sohail Mahmood has written a letter to the EAM requesting him for talks between the two nations.
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. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit is scheduled in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek during June 13-14.
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.
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.
Meanwhile in his first public address after taking charge as foreign minister, S Jaishankar said that SAARC has problems and therefore India has shifted towards BIMSTEC.
"Speaking on SAARC, he said: "SAARC has certain problems, we all know, other than Cross border terror, there are connectivity issues, trade issues. We see energy in Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic CooperationBIMSTEC, the mindset in BIMSTEC. The primary responsibility on India, to lift our neighbours. Most South Asian countries understand that resisting connectivity is holding them back. SAARC has certain problems, even if you put terrorism aside, there are connectivity issues. BIMSTEC has energy, we want to progress with that," he said.