Goa SCO Summit-2023: India has invited Pakistan for a high-level meeting of foreign ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states. The Foreign Ministers meeting of SCO is likely to be held in Goa in the first week of May. The Indian Embassy in Islamabad has invited Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
On India’s invitation, a Pakistani foreign ministry spokesperson said on Thursday (January 26) that both Pakistan and India are members of the SCO. India will chair the SCO Council of Heads of State for the year 2022-2023. These invitations will be processed as per standard procedures and will be decided in due course.
India is the current chairperson of SCO
India is currently the SEO leader with eight countries. PTI sources said the invitations were sent as per due process. If Pakistan accepts the invitation, it will be the first time a Pakistani foreign minister has visited India since Hina Rabbani Khar in 2011. Khar is currently the Minister of State for External Affairs.
Reported by Hina Rabbani Kar
Meanwhile, Hina Rabbani Kar on Thursday (January 26) said that since the current government came to power, there has been no back-channel diplomacy between Pakistan and India. He said nothing like that would happen at this time. Rabbani’s statement came in the wake of India’s invitation.
Shahbaz Sharif held peace talks
Bhutto’s call to Zardari came days after Pakistani Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif offered to hold bilateral talks between India and Pakistan. Sharif proposed talks in an interview with the United Arab Emirates’ Al Arabiya news channel. However, Pakistan’s Prime Minister’s Office has said that talks with India cannot be held until the 2019 action on the Kashmir issue is changed.
In May 2014, the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif Narendra Modi In December 2015, the then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Pakistan and a few days later, Prime Minister Modi made a brief visit to the neighboring country. Established in Shanghai in June 2001, the SCO has eight full members. India and Pakistan joined as full members in 2017.
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