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PM Modi Leaves For Shanghai Summit, Won't Use Pak Airspace

14 June 2019

Incidentally, on May 21, former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had flown over Pakistani airspace to attend the SCO foreign ministers' meet at Bishkek after Islamabad gave special permission. "Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia". "They end up getting spent on unproductive things like arms", the Pak PM said.

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

Pakistan closed its airspace after the relations with India deteriorated following the February 14 suicide attack in occupied Kashmir. However, India claims that only one plane was shot down and made counter claims that its pilots shot down a U.S. made F-16.

He said he believed that the money should be spent on getting people out of poverty, citing China's example which has lifted millions of people out of poverty. "There is no way two nuclear-armed countries should think of resolving differences through military means.Now that the (Indian) elections are over we hope that the Indian leadership will grasp this opportunity. let's resolve all our differences through dialogue". Though the Indian government made leaks to its media claiming killing 350 militants in Ballot, KP, but under the scrutiny of Indian media and opposition, it later retracted its earlier claims and admitted that no casualties took place during its airstrike. And it is a future source of destabilisation of the continent. New Delhi acknowledged on Wednesday that it had considered both the routes - one that would fly directly in a northwestern direction to Bishkek, but had eventually decided in favour of the other one which would detour via Oman and Iran.

The Chinese president said the two nations need to constantly broaden the channels for cooperation, conduct cooperation in such areas as investment, industrial capacity and tourism, make a bigger cake of common interests, jointly promote regional inter-connectivity, including the construction of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor, in a bid to better boost common development. "And, yes, it will be an opportunity to speak to the Indian leadership during this SCO conference", he added.

PM Modi Leaves For Shanghai Summit, Won't Use Pak Airspace