Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan on June 13-14 will traverse the aerial route over Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries instead of the Pakistan airspace confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday.
External Affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, the government has searched two aerial options for the VVIP flight to Bishkek.
He added, it has been decided by the MEA for the VVIP Aircraft to fly through Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries on the way to Bishkek.
As per reports, Pakistan has opened only 2 out of its 11 aerial routes after India’s Balakot airstrike on February 26 this year.
Though, Pakistan has granted permission for the Indian PM to take the Pakistan route, the Indian government chose a safer option.
Earlier on May 21, Pakistan had also granted then Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for the SCO meeting in Bishkek.