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SCO summit: PM Modi meets Xi Jinping, Imran Khan reaches Bishkek

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On his first visit for a multilateral forum meeting after reelection, met Chinese on the sidelines of the (SCO) in which both the sides discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations.

"Deepening friendship with PM @narendramodi's first meeting on the sidelines of the SCO Summit is with Both leaders are discussing ways to further strengthen bilateral relations," PMO tweeted on the delegation-level talks between the two sides.

"Your birthday falls on June 15. On behalf of the people of India, I give my best wishes to you. After election results, I received your message and you congratulated me again. I am obliged. Together, we can move forward and work with each other in various areas in the coming days," Modi said in his opening remarks.

Later, Ministry of tweeted, "Building on the momentum of high-level exchanges, PM @narendramodi had a warm meeting with Chinese Leaders discussed all aspects of enriching our bilateral relations & recognised the positive role of strategic communication in deepening our partnership."

This is the first bilateral meeting between Modi and Xi this year. It also comes after had lifted its objections against the United Nations' blacklisting of in May.

In April last year, Modi and Xi had met in for an informal summit in order to deepen bilateral cooperation. That meeting came following the 73-day standoff in Bhutan's in 2017, which strained bilateral ties between the two countries.

Modi will meet Russian President and Afghan President later in the day. The will also join an informal dinner hosted by Kyrgyz President for the SCO leaders, where will also be present.

Khan is being accompanied by and to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar.

It will be the first time that Modi and Khan will share the same table at the SCO summit amid strained relations between the two neighbours since the February 14 Pulwama terror attack. has already clarified that there will be no official meeting between the two leaders.

In 2017, and became full members of the SCO.

Founded in 2001, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and are the founding members of the organisation.

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First Published: Thu, June 13 2019. 17:38 IST