Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday said that the no meeting has been planned between PM Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan at the (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) SCO Summit in Bishkek. “To the best of my knowledge no meeting has been planned between PM Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan at the SCO Summit in Bishkek,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters.
Speculation of the two Prime Minister's meeting in Bishkek gained traction after the recent appointment of as prime minister for the second term. Imran Khan had called PM Modi to congratulate him for his historic victory in the Lok Sabha polls.
The neighbouring country's Foreign Minister Mohammad Faisal took to Twitter to share Khan's cordial greetings and also expressed his desire for both countries to "work together".
"PM 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 the betterment of their peoples," Faisal said in a tweet.
Khan also envisioned that the leaderships of Indian and Pakistan will work together to attain "peace, progress, and prosperity in South Asia", added Faisal.
A press release by the Indian Foreign Ministry, following the telephone call, said Modi thanked Khan for the greetings and reiterated the former's "neighbourhood first policy" to "fight poverty jointly" in Pakistan.
"He stressed that creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism were essential for fostering cooperation for peace, progress, and prosperity in our region," the release said.
Khan had also reached out to Modi personally on Twitter to congratulate him on the day the election results were announced.
"I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress, and prosperity in South Asia," Khan had then said.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will embark on a two-day visit to Bhutan from Friday, his first overseas trip after assuming charge of the ministry. MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said during the visit, Jaishankar would call on Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering and meet his counterpart Tandi Dorji. "His visit is in keeping with the tradition that India attaches with bilateral relationship with Bhutan, a close friend and a neighbour," Kumar said.