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India to invite Imran Khan to attend regional conference

Shanghai Cooperation Organization

The Indian government has announced that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will be invited to visit India to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting this year.

Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said on Thursday that 8 members and 4 observers would be invited to attend the meeting.

Pakistan and India joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, led by China and Russia, in 2017. Its purpose is to promote political, military and economic cooperation in the region.

Raveesh Kumar said that according to the procedure, India will host the conference this year. Heads of states, observers and other experts will also be present.

The Secretary-General of the SCO announced Monday that the conference will be held in India this year.

Experts are expressing the possibility that it will be difficult for Pakistan not to attend this important conference. It is likely that Imran Khan and Narendra Modi will also meet face to face.

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India has announced the invitation of Imran Khan to the meeting at a time when relations between Pakistan and India are severely bad for the past one year.

On August 5, 2019, Pakistan restricted India’s diplomatic and trade relations on India’s move to abolish Kashmir‘s semi-autonomous status. Tensions between the two countries still persist.

The SCO also includes Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan, besides Pakistan and India. In addition, observer countries include Belarus, Afghanistan, Iran and Mongolia.

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