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PM Imran, Modi to meet in Bishkek on sidelines of SCO summit: media report

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will likely to meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on June 13-14, Indian media reports said.

The two leaders will exchange views over resumption of the bilateral dialogue on contentious issues between the two countries, reports said.

It will be the first meeting between the two leaders after election of Imran Khan as prime minister of Pakistan and Narendra Modi’s recent victory in general elections in India to strengthen his grip on power, media reports said.

According to a well placed Indian official the officials from both sides will be talking behind the scenes over the next few days to decide the agenda of the meeting, an Indian journal said in its report.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office said that PM Imran Khan telephoned his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and congratulated him over electoral victory for the second term.

“PM [Imran] spoke to PM Modi today and congratulated him on his party’s electoral victory in Lok Sabha elections in India. PM expressed his desire for both countries to work together for betterment of their peoples,” Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal tweeted.

Expressing his desire for carrying out joint efforts for the betterment of their countrymen, PM Khan urged Modi to work together for peace and development of the region.

India’s counting of hundreds of millions of votes in its general election last Thursday showed a coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party taking a landslide lead.

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