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Modi in Bishkek HIGHLIGHTS: Russia, India, China meet planned on sidelines of G-20

In a statement before departing for the summit, PM Modi on Wednesday said that India attaches "special importance to SCO in promoting multilateral, political, security, economic and people-to-people interaction in the region."

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Bishkek. (Twitter/Narendra Modi)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation to be the main guest at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in early September, news agency ANI reported quoting Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. “President Putin has invited the PM to be the main guest at Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia in early September, and PM Modi has accepted the invitation,” Gokhale said.

Gokhale also added that a trilateral meeting between Russia, India, and China (RIC) has been planned on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Japan’s Osaka. The G-20 summit is scheduled for June 28 and June 29.

PM Modi also thanked President Putin for the rifle manufacturing unit in Amethi.

PM Modi also held bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. In his meeting with China’s Xi, PM Modi briefly discussed Pakistan and asserted that India’s efforts towards peace with the neighbouring country were derailed by them. He stressed that talks cannot happen with terrorism at the helm.

PM Modi and President Xi’s discussion also included a brief discussion about the listing issue of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, news agency ANI said quoting Foreign Secretary Gokhale.

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PM Modi had fruitful talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the SCO summit.

Russia, India, China trilateral meet planned on sidelines of G-20

Foreign Minister Vijay Gokhale, as quoted by news agency ANI, confirmed that a trilateral meet between Russia, India, and China (RIC) has been planned on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Japan's Osaka. G-20 is scheduled for June 28 and June 29.

PM Modi accepts Russian President Putin's invite to attend Eastern Economic Forum

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the sidelines of the SCO summit, met Russian President Vladimir Putin and held bilateral talks with him. President Putin invited PM Modi to attend the Eastern Economic Forum which will be held in Russia's Vladivostok in early September.

PM Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Bishkek

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the multilateral SCO summit.

WATCH: PM Modi thanks Putin for rifle manufacturing unit in Amethi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanks Russia's Vladimir Putin for the rifle manufacturing unit in Amethi, says "very grateful for your support."

PM Modi holds talks with Russia's Putin

After his bilateral meeting with China's Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

PM Modi briefly discussed about Pakistan with Xi Jinping

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PM Modi, President Jinping's talks include Masood Azhar, bilateral relations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the sidelines of the SCO summit on Thursday, met Chinese President Xi Jinping. As per Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, PM Modi had a discussion about the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar in the meeting. Azhar was listed as a global terrorist after China lifted the technical hold on him. PM Modi also invited President Jinping to India for an informal summit and the latter was ready to visit India this year, Gokhale said.

PM Modi tweets after meeting with China's Xi Jinping, says will continue to work together

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PM Modi discusses bilateral relations with Chinese President Xi Jinping

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WATCH: PM Modi holds delegation level talks with President of China Xi Jinping

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds delegation-level talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, says 'India and China can work on many matters together."

WATCH: PM Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

Watch: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets China's Xi Jinping in Bishkek.

PM Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the multilateral SCO summit in Bishkek.

PM Modi may meet Iran President Hassan Rouhani over oil issue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to meet Iranian President in Bikshek on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. The speculation comes as India has been forced to cut down oil imports from Tehran. As per sources, the Iranian side was keen for a meeting, and India is trying to work out the timing of the meeting. Read more

PM Modi received by Kyrgyz Republic's Deputy Prime Minister Askarov

Zamirbek Maripbaevich Askarov, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, received PM Modi at Bikshek's Manas International Airport.

PM Modi starts his bilateral meetings with China's Xi Jinping

What does SCO summit mean for India?

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation was formed in 2001 China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. In 2017, it expanded to include India and Pakistan. Since its formation, the SCO has focused on regional non-traditional security, with counter-terrorism as a priority. The fight against the “three evils” of terrorism, separatism and extremism has become its mantra. Today, areas of cooperation include themes such as economics and culture. Read more

PM Modi likely to meet China's Xi Jinping

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, on the sidelines of the multilateral SCO summit. The meeting is scheduled at 4:30 pm (4 pm IST) and a time slot of 45 minutes has been allotted. This will be the first of at least two occasions where the two leaders are likely to meet in June. They are again likely to meet during the G-20 summit on June 28-29 when the two sides are likely to hold Russia-India-China trilateral as well as BRICS informal meeting. Read more

PM Modi welcomed warmly in Bishkek

PM Modi given a warm welcome at the Manas International Airport in Bishkek.

PM Modi arrives in Bishkek

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Bishkek on Thursday to attend the SCO summit.

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Earlier on Wednesday, the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that PM Modi’s VVIP aircraft won’t fly through Pakistan’s airspace en route to Kyrgyzstan’s Bikshek. (Twitter/MEA India)

Pakistan’s Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said that an application to open the airspace was received by the Aviation Division from the Indian High Commission on Monday.

Sarwar Khan said that after holding consultations with all the stakeholders, Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed to open the airspace for PM Modi’s flight as a “goodwill gesture.”

State-run Radio Pakistan reported that the airspace will be open for a period of 72 hours during which Air India plane B 747-400, with PM Modi onboard, will fly to Bikshek from New Delhi on Thursday and return the next day.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that PM Modi’s VVIP aircraft won’t fly through Pakistan’s airspace en route to Kyrgyzstan’s Bikshek.

“The Government of India had explored two options for the route to be taken by the VVIP Aircraft to Bishkek. A decision has now been taken that the VVIP Aircraft will fly via Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries on the way to Bishkek,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

PM Imran Khan, who will also attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on June 13 and June 14, gave rise to speculation that he might hold a meeting with PM Modi on the sidelines of the multilateral forum to ease the tensions in bilateral ties after the Pulwama terror attack.

However, MEA on Wednesday made it clear that no such meeting has been arranged between the two leaders.