Sharif, Modi may meet in sidelines of SCO summit

Dhaka,  Mon,  29 May 2017
Published : 17 Apr 2017, 17:21:36 | Updated : 17 Apr 2017, 17:24:30
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Sharif, Modi may meet in sidelines of SCO summit

Sharif, Modi may meet in sidelines of SCO summit
NEW DELHI: Pakistan's Premier Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi may well meet on the sidelines of the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in June, a senior Pakistan official told a newspaper, according to Times of India.

The two prime ministers’ meeting soon is "very much possible", the official told The Express Tribune.

Bilateral tensions between the two neighbours have been higher than ever after a Pakistani military court sentenced Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to death "because he was an Indian spy".

Still, the two countries' prime ministers may well meet on the sidelines of the upcoming SCO summit in June, the official said.

"That's very much possible," said a senior Pakistani official, when asked about the possibility of a meeting between Sharif and Modi at the margins of the SCO summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.

This official "made it clear that Pakistan did not want that the issue of India spy to undermine the overall bilateral engagement process" with India.

"Kulbhushan is just one element. The main point is that involvement of Indian state in sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan has been established. Yet, the government's policy of reaching out to its neighbours has not changed, the official stressed," according to the Pakistani newspaper.

"It is in Pakistan's interest to seek rapprochement with India," said a Pakistani defence analyst and retired Pakistani army official Talat Masood.

(compiled by Rafiqul Islam)

 
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