Uncertainty over Modi-Sharif meet in Russia

Modi will be in Ufa from July 8 to 10 to attend BRICS and SCO Summits. Sharif is also expected to attend SCO Summit.

Press Trust of India
New Delhi, Publish Date: Jul 3 2015 10:26PM | Updated Date: Jul 3 2015 10:26PM
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Uncertainty prevailed over whether Prime Minister NarendraModi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif will meet in Ufa in Russia on the sidelines of SCO Summit next week, with the External Affairs Ministry today refusing to confirm or deny the possibility.

"The schedule (of Modi's bilateral meetings) is yet to be finalised. So I cannot say anything on this," said External Affairs Ministry spokesman VikasSwarup when asked at a press conference about the possibility of the meeting.

Modi will be in Ufa from July 8 to 10 to attend BRICS and SCO Summits. Sharif is also expected to attend SCO Summit.

Both India and Pakistan are Observers in the six-nation SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) which comprises China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Pakistan yesterday indicated the possibility of a meeting between the two Prime Ministers, saying such meetings in a multilateral setting are a "normal feature".

"No side has contacted the other for a meeting so far. However, as you would be aware, in any multilateral setting, meetings among 

Heads of State and Government is a normal feature," Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson QaziKhalilullah said when asked about the possibility of a Sharif-Modi meeting in Russia.

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