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Haven’t invited Pakistan PM: Russia

Diplomatic sources told ET that the Russian government has dismissed as “baseless” reports in Pakistan media that Khan has been invited for the forum.

, ET Bureau|
Jul 09, 2019, 08.57 AM IST
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ET has learnt that Modi commissioned several business missions to the Far East and five chief ministers for the Forum.
Russia has conveyed to India that it has not invited Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in September where Narendra Modi is the chief guest.

Diplomatic sources told ET that the Russian government has dismissed as “baseless” reports in Pakistan media that Khan has been invited for the forum.

“We draw attention to the publications in a number of South Asian media that the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Imran Khan was invited to the events of the Eastern Economic Forum (WEF-5) in Vladivostok (September 4-6, this year) as the guest of honor. We would like to give some explanations in this regard...We expect that the President of Mongolia H. Battulga, Prime Minister of India N.Modi, Prime Minister of Malaysia M. Mohammad and the Prime Minister of Japan S. Abe will arrive in the capital of Primorye,” stated Russian Foreign Ministry snubbing Pakistan.

Pakistan foreign office sources on Saturday told the media there that Khan will join the EEF on the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pakistan media, quoting these sources, claimed that invitation was extended by Putin during the recently-held Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, which both the leaders had attended.

But neither Putin in his remarks at Kremlin last week nor the organisers of the forum have made any reference on the Pakistan PM with regard to the EEF.

“Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe were invited to participate in the 5th Eastern Economic Forum, which is to take place in Vladivostok on 4–6 September,” said Putin at Kremlin last week.

Putin’s advisor Anton Kobyakov and Indian envoy to Moscow Bala Venkatesh Varma met in Moscow on Monday to discuss preparations for the EEF.

“Relations between Russia and India cover all areas of cooperation, including political dialogue, security, trade, economic and military-technical ties, energy, scientific, cultural and humanitarian exchanges, and foreign policy engagement,” said Kobyakov during his meeting on Monday. “Narendra Modi will be the guest of honour at the EEF 2019, and India will become the guest country of the forum.”

ET has learnt that Modi commissioned several business missions to the Far East and five chief ministers for the Forum.

In the build up to Modi’s Vladivostok visit and the 20th edition of the annual summit also be held in the city, both sides are holding Strategic Economic Dialogue in Delhi on Tuesday and Wednesday. Besides, Russian economic development minister Maxim Oreshkin will visit India next month and a visit is planned for Russian space agency head and former deputy Dmrity Rogozin, while the Indian Air Force chief is currently visiting Russia.
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