Indian FM encounter with Pakistani and Chinese counterparts at the SCO moot in Moscow


ISLAMABAD: Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is expected to encounter Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Moscow.

A meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the eight-member bloc is being held from Sept 9 to 10 to prepare the agenda for the next summit.

The SCO-CFM is the highest forum of SCO after the Council of Heads of State (CHS) and the Council of Heads of Government (CHG) that deliberates on important regional and global issues and considers documents for approval and adoption by CHG.

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FM Qureshi will have bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the CFM, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office without naming officials that he will meet.

Before departing for Moscow, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he would discuss with his Russian counterpart the construction of a gas pipeline due to be built by Russia and stretching 1,100km from Lahore to the port city of Karachi.