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No pleasantries exchanged between PM Modi and Imran Khan on day 1 of SCO summit 

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Bishkek, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Jun 13, 2019, 10.21 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

At the informal dinner hosted by President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov on day 1 of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart exchanged no pleasantries.

Both the leaders entered the dining hall almost the same time, with PM Modi entering a step ahead of cricketer-turned-politician Khan. 

Except for each other, both the leaders shook hands with everyone. No interaction has taken place between the two sides all throughout the event.

PM Modi was seated towards the right of PM Khan on the fourth seat.

Ahead of the Bishkek summit, India had dismissed reports of any bilateral-level talks between the two South Asian neighbours. 

"To the best of my knowledge no meeting has been planned between PM Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan at the SCO Summit in Bishkek," MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told WION.

Meanwhile, in what many see as a diplomatic gaffe, Pakistan PM Imran Khan continued to be seated while the host --President of Kyrgyzstan Jeenbekov and other leaders entered the venue.