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Swaraj, Qureshi sit next to each other at SCO meeting

Press Trust of India  |  Bishkek 

and her Pakistani counterpart Wednesday sat next to each other during a multilateral meeting here of Foreign Ministers of the Cooperation Organisation, amid strained ties between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

Swaraj and Qureshi attended the meeting of the of Cooperation Organisation (SCO), which was founded at a summit in in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and

was an observer at the SCO till 2005 and was granted the membership along with in 2017.

Swaraj arrived here in the Kyrgyz capital on Tuesday to attend the Foreign Ministers meeting.

According to the photos published by the Pakistani media, Swaraj and Qureshi were seen seated next to each other along with other foreign ministers.

Earlier in prior to his departure, Qureshi said besides addressing the inaugural session of the regional forum, he would also hold meetings with his counterparts from other countries.

Tensions between and escalated after the February 14 Pulwama attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group which killed 40 CRPF personnel.

Amid mounting outrage, the carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting a JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside on February 26.

The next day, retaliated and downed a in an aerial combat and captured an Indian pilot, who was handed over to on March 1.

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First Published: Wed, May 22 2019. 17:21 IST