Modi’s bilateral visit to Kyrgyzstan initiated, SCO summit to end tomorrow

On Thursday the Indian Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Alok Dimri said that PM Narendra Modi will begin his bilateral visit to Kyrgyzstan on June 14 as soon as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit ends.

“The Prime Minister’s bilateral visit to Kyrgyzstan will begin on June 14. He will inaugurate a business forum and hold delegation-level talks with Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov,” said Dimri.

Dimri has cited events from the past when Modi visited Central Asia in 2015 and created a history by visiting all five nations of the region- Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in a single visit and strengthened the bonds between India and other nations.  The Kyrgyzstan President had also marked his presence at the Prime Minister’s swearing-in ceremony on May 30.

“The Indian government has invested a lot of energy in building up the bilateral relations. There are a lot of expectations attached to the new chapter that has begun after the Prime Minister’s victory in the general elections. The historic mandate that he won, has made the Prime Minister a world leader,” said Dimri.

Modi will land at the Manas International Airport and will attend the two-day SCO summit in Bishkek which begins today. He will also be holding bilateral meetings with the Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

This will be followed by an informal dinner hosted by Jeenbekov for the SCO leaders. Modi will share the table with Imran Khan for the first time post the Pulwama attack. India has already made it clear that it will not indulge in any official meeting with Imran Khan. Later in the evening, the Prime Minister will hold a bilateral meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Modi, who will address the Summit tomorrow, is expected to focus on terrorism.

India and Pakistan became full members of the SCO in 2017.

Founded in 2001, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are the founding members of the organization.

Modi is scheduled to return on Saturday evening.

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