Narendra Modi to invite PM Imran to SCO Summit
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will invite PM Imran Khan for the annual meeting of the heads of government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) later this year in New Delhi.
According to reports, the Indian premier will send invitations to all the members, including Pakistan, China, and Russia.
The news was confirmed by the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs India Raveesh Kumar and he said:
“India will be hosting the heads of government summit later this year. As per established practice and procedure, all eight members and four observer states and other international dialogue partners will be invited.”
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The eight members include India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, while Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia are the observer states. India and Pakistan were formally inducted as members of SCO in June 2017.
The Indo-Pak relationship has gotten worse after India revoked the special status of Kashmir and later, introduced the controversial Indian Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
If PM Imran Khan accepts Modi’s invitation, it will be the first time that a Pakistani premier will visit India after former PM Nawaz Sharif attended the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi back in 2014.
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