As per sources, India will likely invite Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for the 2020 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet that India will host this year. However, the final decision on whether to visit India or not will be made by Islamabad.
“According to protocol and convention, an invitation will be extended to the Pakistani Prime Minister. It is up to Pakistan whether their Prime Minister or some other representative attends the meeting. Besides, there is still a long time before the meeting,” said a person who declined to be named.
This is the first time India will host the SCO meet comprising of eight Member States (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), and four Observer States (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia).
India was also an observer in the organisation until 2017 when both India and Pakistan were added as the permanent member of the same.
The aim of the SCO is to enhance trade, ensure security and maintain stability as well as cultural and humanitarian cooperation between the aforementioned countries.
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