NEW DELHI: Indian officials confirmed that, PM Narendra Modi would come face to face with both President Xi Jinping and PM Imran Khan at the SCO summit which Russia will host virtually, on November 10, at a time when relations with China and Pakistan continue to be in a state of disarray.
According to earlier reports, Modi and Xi will also come face to face at the BRICS virtual summit on November 17. Russia was keen to have a physical summit of the Eurasian group, because of the vastness and complexity of the SCO agenda. However that proposal was scuttled by the Covid-19 threat, like what happened with BRICS.
The SCO is a more important forum for India to underscore concerns about terrorism and also the need to respect regional integrity and sovereignty, with its focus on security and other political issues.
The PM Modi and Xi will come face to face for the first time on November 10 at the Summit, ever since the border tensions between the two countries began in May.
For border disengagement and de-escalation the 2 countries are likely to hold another round of military talks this week, despite having 7 such meetings in the last few months, there is no sign of progress.
Sources said Modi is expected to forcefully spell out again India’s concerns over cross-border terrorism, as Khan is also present.
The Bishkek summit saw Modi calling upon all “humanist forces” to get out of their narrow realms and work together against terrorism. Modi is again likely to call for holding accountable countries which aid, support and provide financial assistance to terrorists.