On SCO summit sidelines, CEO refuses to meet Pakistan PM

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The annual SCO summit will be held on November 30 and December 1 and it is likely to discuss issues relating to the regional security scenario including situation in the Gulf and Afghanistan.

India and Pakistan, formerly only observers in the SCO, joined as full members in June 2017.

Pakistan prime pinister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is now in the Russian city of Sochi for the SCO Head of Governments meeting and Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Mohammad Faisal was asked at regular briefing about any meeting between the leaders of the two countries.

Dwelling on the threat of global terrorism, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj on Friday stated that India strongly condemns terrorism.

Prime Minister Abbasi would participate in the SCO retreat being hosted by the Russian prime minister along with other SCO counterparts.

The regional pact was established in 2001 and comprises of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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Asked whether she will have bilateral meetings with the Pakistan Foreign Minister or call on Chinese premier Li Keqiang, Kumar had said her schedule is still being finalised.

He said Afghan government is seeking enhanced cooperation on anti-terrorism between SCO member states and Afghanistan.

"Our work's priority was to give a new impetus to the organization's development and, of course, to promote trade, economic and humanitarian ties and to ensure security", Medvedev said.

The summit is going to be attended by leaders from Pakistan and China.

The SCO had set the ball rolling to make India a member of the bloc during its summit in Ufa, Russia, in July 2015.

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