In the weekly media briefing, Raveesh Kumar, Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday informed that no meeting has been planned between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Bishkek. PM Modi will attend the SCO summit on June 13-14.
“To the best of my knowledge, no meeting has been planned between PM Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan at the SCO Summit in Bishkek,” said Raveesh Kumar.
Replying to a query on the visit of Pakistan Foreign Secretary’s visit to India, Raveesh said that it was a personal visit and there was no meeting scheduled with him.
Pakistan Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood was on a quiet private visit to India ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit giving rise to the speculations that PM Modi could interact with PM Khan on the margins of the SCO Summit.
Mahmood, who was Pakistan High Commissioner to India before his elevation in April, had offered Eid prayers at the historic Jama Masjid in the national capital on Wednesday morning. He was accompanied by Pakistan’s acting High Commissioner to India Syed Haidar Shah.
On the Iran oil situation, Raveesh said, “There has not much change from what I had spoken earlier, the fundamental principle remains that whatever decision we take will be based on commercial consideration, energy security and our national interest.”
On the Kartarpur Corridor, he said, “We’ve sought clarification on reports that controversial elements have been appointed by Pakistan, from a committee associated with this project. We’ve sought clarification from Pakistan on some of the key proposals forwarded in last meetings. We are awaiting response.”
Punjab Public Works Minister, Vijay Inder Singla, had on Saturday, said that the construction of Kartarpur Corridor will be completed by 30 September.
The minister said this after reviewing the progress of the construction of Kartarpur Corridor, adding that the entire construction of the passage would be accomplished by September 30, well in time before the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.