President Xi to meet PM Modi on sidelines of SCO summit

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File Photo: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi  and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Plenary Session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, in Qingdao, China on Sunday, June 10, 2018.(PTI Photo/PIB)

File Photo: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Plenary Session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, in Qingdao, China (PTI Photo/PIB)

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit this week at Bishkek where he would also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first meeting between the two leaders after the BJP’s massive victory in the general elections.

Xi will pay state visits to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from June 12 to 16, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang announced on Sunday.

The SCO summit is due to be held on June 13-14 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc with India and Pakistan admitted to the grouping in 2017.

From June 12 to 14, President Xi will pay a state visit to Kyrgyzstan and attend SCO summit, Lu said in a statement.

Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri said last week that the two leaders would meet on the sidelines of the SCO summit.

Recalling last year’s successful first-ever informal summit between Xi and Modi at Wuhan which was widely regarded a milestone in the bilateral ties, Misri said, “it is worth mentioning that last year, our leaders met four times on the sidelines of different multi-lateral meetings.”

They are again meeting in Bishkek on the sidelines of the SCO Summit, he said.

Last month, Xi extended his “heartfelt congratulations” to Prime Minister Modi for winning the general elections, in a rare gesture of greeting a foreign leader well before the official announcement of the results.

After the SCO summit, President Xi will travel to Tajikistan.

From June 14 to 16, the president will attend the fifth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Dushanbe, the capital city of Tajikistan, Lu added.

(PTI)