India excludes a meeting between Modi and Sharif in Astana

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia, Eurasia News, South East Asia
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India ruled out any meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif when the two will be in Kazakhstan this week, Indian media report.

In early May, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz told reporters that if India shows interest, Pakistan would look into the possibility of a meeting between Sharif and Modi in Astana.

Taking a tough stance on ties with Pakistan, External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj said on June 6 that “talks and terror cannot go together.”

“No meeting is scheduled either from their side or from our side,” Swaraj told reporters when asked if Modi and Sharif will meet on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Astana on June 8-9.

Pakistan and India are expected to become full members of the SCO during the Astana summit.

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