Pak PM Shehbaz likely to meet Chinese President Xi during SCO summit: Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime minister Shehbaz Sharif there is the possibility of a bilateral meeting with the President of China Xi Jinping next month on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Uzbekistan, according to media reports on Wednesday.
President Xi is expected to attend the SCO summit scheduled for September 15 and 16 in Samarkand, The Express Tribune reported.
Pakistan is part of the SCO which includes China, Russia, India and Central Asian countries such as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Bilateral meeting between President Xi and Prime Minister Shehbaz is on the sidelines of the SCO summit, sources cited by the Express Tribune said.
However, there is no clear official information on whether President Xi will personally attend the summit.
Some reports suggested that he was able to attend the summit mostly because of strict COVID-19 protocols, the report said.
Sources also say that Pakistan is exploring options for a possible bilateral meeting between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and Shehbaz.
However, nothing is final yet, the sources added.
In an informal meeting, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov invited his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to visit Moscow.

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