PM Modi in Bishkek for SCO Summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin in Bishkek, For First Multilateral Engagement Post Re-Election. The summit is expected to discuss the global security situation, multilateral economic cooperation, people-to-people exchanges and topical issues of international and regional importance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a two-day visit to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan on Thursday for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will also be attending the summit.
The meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit here is their first interaction after Modi's re-election following the stunning victory of the BJP in the general elections last month. PM Modi, in a statement before his two-day visit to Bishkek from June 13-14, said that on the sidelines of the SCO Summit, he also plans to meet several leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
AIR correspondent covering the Prime Minister's visit reports that on the sidelines of the summit, Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to meet many other world leaders including Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and President of the Kyrgyz Republic and SCO Chair Sooronbay Jeenbekov. Founded in 2001, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Ujbekistan are the founding members of the organisation. External Affairs Ministry (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that it is Prime Minister Modi's first multilateral engagement post his re-election.
"The summit is expected to discuss the global security situation, multilateral economic cooperation, people-to-people exchanges and topical issues of international and regional importance. On the sidelines of the summit, I also plan to meet several leaders bilaterally," he said. The focus of the summit will be on global issues, issues dominating a changing and unstable world order and SCO's role for regional and global stability.