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SCO Summit: No pleasantries exchanged between Narendra Modi, Imran Khan

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There was no meeting between and his Pakistani counterpart during the informal dinner hosted by for the SCO leaders here, sources said on Thursday.

According to sources, Khan and Modi did not even exchange pleasantries during the dinner hosted on the sidelines of the two-day summit.

While Khan is attending the SCO summit for the first time after assuming office last year, this is Modi's first visit to a multilateral forum after being re-elected for a second term.

had already clarified that there would be no bilateral meeting between the two leaders. This comes despite the writing a letter to Modi, saying wants dialogue with to resolve all outstanding issues between the two

Moreover, Modi's chartered plane did not take the Pakistani air space for flying to Bishkek and instead flew via the circuitous route through and

Modi on Thursday told Chinese in their bilateral meeting that needs to create an atmosphere free from terror and take concrete action to end the scourge, but does not see doing it at this stage.

"There was a brief discussion on We have a consistent position with respect to Pakistan. The recalled that he has made efforts and these efforts have been derailed," had told reporters here when he was asked whether Pakistan-sponsored terrorism that was spoiling the situation in the region came up at the meeting.

"He has informed the Chinese that Pakistan needs to create an atmosphere free of terror and at this stage, we do not see this happening. We expect it to take concrete action," he had said.

In last year's SCO summit held in China's Qingdao, Modi had shaken hands and exchanged pleasantries with then Pakistan President during the grouping's meeting, amid frosty bilateral relationship between the two sides.

Tensions between and Pakistan have spiralled following the deadly February 14 Pulwama terror attack. has remained rooted in its stand, saying that terror and talks with cannot go together.

It may be noted that is an all-weather ally of Pakistan.

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First Published: Thu, June 13 2019. 22:16 IST