Nawaz, Modi to rendezvous in Russia

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are set to meet on the sidelines of a security summit in Russia on July 10, Indian media reported.


The meeting will take place in the Russian city of Ufa as the leaders attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah last week said the two leaders may meet on the sidelines of the summit, but added there had been no formal contact between the two leaders regarding such a meeting.

Indian PM Modi is expected to raise India’s concerns regarding terrorism, including the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi who was allowed to walk free in April, sources say.

Pakistan and India’s presence at the summit comes as both countries have started the process of joining the security bloc led by China and Russia.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said ”…India and Pakistan’s admission to the SCO will play an important role in the SCO’s development, it will play a constructive role in pushing for the improvement of their bilateral relations.”