Agencies, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday left for Bishkek in the Kyrgyz Republic to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Heads of State meeting on June 13-14 .
During his two day visit, the PM will take part in various multilateral programmes and also meet world leaders in separate bilateral meetings.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will also be attending the summit. This will be the first time PM Modi and Imran Khan will come face to face after months of tensions between the two countries, which began with February 14 Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy in which at least 40 jawans were killed.
The government recently announced that Mr Modi will not take the Pakistani air space for flying to the SCO summit in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan and instead will fly by the circuitous route through Oman and Iran.
Founded in 2001, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Ujbekistan are the founding members of the SCO.
In 2017, India and Pakistan became full members of the SCO.