India rules out Modi-Imran meeting at SCO summit

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NEW DELHI: Indian has ruled out the possibility of a meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan at the SCO summit.

In a press statement, India’s External Affairs Meeting said no bilateral meeting has been planned between PM Modiand Imran Khan on the sidelines of SCO summit.

Earlier, media reports suggested that the two prime ministers might meet on the sidelines of the SCO summit to signal resumption of talks.

Over the last few years, India has refused any initiative for talks, maintaining that cross-border terror has to stop before talks can begin.

However, talks about a possible meeting between the two prime ministers started gaining momentum after Imran Khan called PM Modi to congratulate him for his landslide victory in the general elections. The foreign ministry said PM Modi had thanked Imran Khan for his phone call and greetings.

The relations between the two countries got worse after Pulwama attack that killed scores of Indian troops on Feb 26

Days later, India claimed to have conducted air-strikes on a Jaish camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26. The Pakistan Air Force struck back, targeting civilian and military installations in India and captured Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.