Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the foreign minister of Pakistan, arrives in India for the SCO summit.
4 May, Benaulim (Goa)
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) conference was being attended by Pakistan's foreign minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who arrived in Goa on Thursday. This was the first high-level visit from Pakistan to India since 2011.
The visit of Bhutto Zardari comes as relations between India and Pakistan continue to deteriorate on a variety of problems, notably Islamabad's ongoing backing for transnational terrorism.
There is currently no plan for a bilateral meeting between Bhutto Zardari and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, according to people familiar with the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) conclave preparations, as there has been no request for such a meeting from the Pakistani side.
"I'm in route to Goa, India. will serve as the delegation's leader for Pakistan at the CFM for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. My choice to attend this summit demonstrates Pakistan's steadfast adherence to the SCO charter "Before coming here, Bhutto Zardari tweeted.
I look forward to meaningful discussions with my counterparts from friendly nations during my visit, which is solely focused on the SCO, he said.
This travel from Islamabad by the Pakistani foreign minister to India is the first of its kind since 2011.