India, Pakistan may hold talks on the sidelines of SCO summit

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SCO Summit: Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to be held in Uzbekistan. He will meet his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto at the SCO summit.

This will be the first time after the formation of the new government in Pakistan that Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will meet his Pakistani counterpart.

It is worth noting that after the formation of the new government under the leadership of Shahbaz Sharif in Pakistan, Foreign Minister Bilawal had expressed his desire to have friendly relations with India. However, there is no sign of an India-Pakistan bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the SCO in the Foreign Ministers’ meeting to be held in Uzbekistan.

With regard to relations with the neighboring country, India has always maintained that terrorism and dialogue cannot go together.

India will participate in two major meetings in July within the SCO framework. The first of these is the SCO Foreign Ministers’ Summit to be held in Uzbekistan. The second meeting will be an international conference on Afghanistan. The summit on Afghanistan is scheduled to be held on July 25-26 while the SCO Foreign Ministers’ Summit is to be held on July 28-29.

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s participation in the SCO summit is yet to be officially announced. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will also attend this SCO summit.

Jaishankar is likely to hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to review the outcome of the recent 16th round of talks between military commanders of India and China to resolve the standoff along the LAC in eastern Ladakh. In such a situation, if bilateral talks take place between the two countries, then the way for a possible meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi can also be cleared.



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