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Xi Jinping, Nawaz Sharif met several times during SCO summit: China

Clarification came as some reports suggested that all is not well between both nations

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Photo: PTI
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Photo: PTI

on Monday rejected as "nonsense" reports about President not meeting Prime Minister on the sidelines of the Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in following the murder of two Chinese in and said the two leaders met several times during the summit.

"I can tell you that during the seventeenth heads of state meeting, President Xi met with Prime Minister several times," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said but did not say whether they had a bilateral meeting.

"Some reports are just nonsense and unwanted. and enjoy an all-weather strategic partnership," he said.

State-run Pakistan news agency reported on June 10 that returned from last week after attending the on the sidelines of which he met Presidents of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and

Conspicuously absent was a meeting with Xi.

Chinese-state run media too highlighted Xi's meetings with Kazakhstan counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President

The Chinese Foreign Ministry website has photographs of Xi's bilateral meetings with other leaders, including Modi but not with Sharif.

"The summit has realised the first ever membership enlargement of the SCO. As you know India and Pakistan have got full membership," Lu said, adding that all the member countries "have agreed to build on the spirit to step up the cooperation between the old and new members".

He also said the summit spoke highly of the (BRF) held at Beijing in May this year which was boycotted by India over sovereignty concerns relating to the $50-billion (CPEC).

Lu said the SCO has become an important platform and reliable support for the members to enhance mutual trust, deepen good neighbourly ties and friendship and expand political cooperation and uphold regional security and stability for the members.

"This summit has helped to strengthen the cohesion of SCO members, charted the course for future development and also made new proposals for SCO cooperation," he said.

First Published: Mon, June 12 2017. 17:02 IST