‘Pakistan needs to create an environment free of terror’: PM Narendra Modi tells Xi Jinping at SCO summit

Bishkek: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took up the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terror during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO summit and affirmed that Islamabad must take tangible action against terrorism that affects India.

Giving details of the meeting, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said: “PM Modi told Xi Jinping that Pakistan needs to create an environment free of terror and at this stage, we do not see this happening.”

Prime Minister Modi had said, ‘We have a consistent position with respect to Pakistan and discuss all issues through a bilateral mechanism. We look for a peaceful settlement through negotiations.’

PM Modi’s remarks came ahead of President Xi’s meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also here in the Kyrgyz capital to take part in the SCO summit.

Imran Khan has twice written to Prime Minister Modi, seeking resumption of dialogue on all issues, including Kashmir.

The Chinese leader is expected to visit India for the second Informal Summit with Modi this year.

The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on Thursday late evening.

He will attend an informal dinner to be hosted by Kyrgyz President Jeenbekov. The two-day SCO Council of Heads meeting will conclude on Friday.

PM Modi said he had an extremely fruitful meeting with President Xi Jinping. Our talks included the full spectrum of India-China relations, he said.