Home Minister Rajnath Singh meets Russian, Kyrgyz ministers

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Cholpon-Ata (Kyrgyz Republic): Home Minister Rajnath Singh today held separate bilateral meetings with the Russian and Kyrgyz ministers for emergency situations here on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting and discussed issues of mutual interest.

Singh, who is here to attend the 9th meeting of the heads of government of the SCO dealing with the prevention and elimination of emergency situation, met Russia’s minister for emergency situations Vladimir Puchkov and Kyrgyz minister for emergency situations Kubatbek Boronov.

However, there was no bilateral engagement today between Singh and the representative of China as well as Pakistan.

“There was no request from either side. So, there is no question of having any bilateral meeting with China,” an official, accompanying the Indian delegation, said.

The official said the leader of the Chinese delegation attending the SCO meeting is not equivalent to the rank of the home minister.

Singh also did not have bilateral meeting with the leader of the Pakistani delegation, the official said.

Founded in 2001, the SCO member countries are: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan, and the bloc is headquartered in Beijing.

India and Pakistan had joined the SCO, the China- dominated security grouping, in June in Kazakhstan capital Astana in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Monday, the home minister had said a solution to the ongoing stand-off between India and China at Doklam would be found soon and hoped that Beijing would make a positive move in this regard.

China, however, said the only way to end the standoff was for India to unconditionally withdraw its troops from the area.

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