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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Holds Three Bilateral Meetings in Bishkek

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Holds Three Bilateral Meetings in Bishkek

On the sidelines of the 19th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Prime Minister Narendra Modi held three bilateral meetings in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic on Thursday. After resuming office for the second time, SCO is Prime Minister Modi’s first multilateral meeting.

At first, he had a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, where both sides centered on how to take the ties forward. Also, PM Modi discussed the issue of Pakistan with the Chinese president and applauded China’s role in getting Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar designated.

After the meeting, while interviewing to media, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said,

“There was a brief discussion on Pakistan. PM Modi recalled his efforts, which he said were derailed. PM Modi said that Pakistan needs to create atmosphere free of terror and at this stage we do not see this happening.

We expect it to take concrete action.”

Gokhale added,

“The major highlight was the fact that Sino-India relations cannot be looked at through the prism of Pakistan. Therefore, there is a need to take more confidence in building measures.

Prime minister noted what had improved between two sides is strategic communication and in that context, we have been able to resolve long pending issues like opening of Bank of China branch in India and issue related to the listing of Masood Azhar.”

According to reports in the Chinese media, Chinese President Xi Jinping pushed for closer development partnership between the two sides.

Also, President Xi Jinping congratulated PM Modi in person on his re-election as India’s Prime Minister during the meeting. However, he had already sent a congratulatory letter to the PM Modi just after BJP’s victory.

To ensure peace, prosperity, and stability in Asia and the wider world, both sides emphasized the necessity for cooperation.

Also, the Chinese President has taken India’s invitation to visit India for the second informal summit as a gesture of reciprocity to the Wuhan Informal Summit. However, the venue and date are yet to be fixed up.

After the conversation, PM Modi took to Twitter and wrote,

“Had an extremely fruitful meeting with President Xi Jinping. Our talks included the full spectrum of India-China relations.

We shall continue working together to improve economic and cultural ties between our nations.”

After meeting with Chinese President, PM Modi held the second bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both sides focused on the importance of cooperation between the two sides. And, Gokhale confirmed that there was no specific discussion on the S-400 missile defense system.

Further, during the meeting, PM Modi praised Vladimir Putin for the “support for the rifle manufacturing unit in Amethi.”

After the meeting, Gokhale confirmed that PM Modi would attend the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), in September this year, which will be held in Vladivostok. Since 2014, around 27 meetings have taken place between Modi and Putin, of which 14 were part of multilateral meetings, and 13 were bilateral meetings.

Gokhale said,

“There would be the Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral on the margins of the G-20 summit.”

Then, PM took to Twitter and wrote,

“The meeting with President Putin was excellent. We had wide-ranging discussions on ways to further boost the India-Russia strategic relationship.

We look forward to increased trade and people-to-people linkages with Russia. @KremlinRussia_E”

Lastly, after dinner and the gala concert, PM Modi met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. In the meeting, both sides exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan. Also, security issues were discussed in the meeting.

According to some officials, the Afghan president did the most of talking. President Ghani stated that India needs to see drugs and terrorism through a single prism.

Ghani said,

“One is fueling the other he said according to sources.”

After the meeting, PM Modi took to Twitter and wrote,

“President @ashrafghani and I had a wonderful meeting in Bishkek.

We discussed ways to further cement India-Afghanistan friendship.

India fully supports Afghanistan in its endeavours towards peace and prosperity for its citizens.”

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