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News of the Day – 11 June 2019
- June 11, 2019
- Posted by: Shivam
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News of the Day
Pakistan decides to let Narendra Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek
Pakistan on June 10 decided in principle to let Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan where he has to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on June 13-14, where his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan would also be present.
Pakistan had fully closed its airspace on February 26 after an Indian Air Force (IAF) strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot. Since then, it has only opened two routes, both of them pass through southern Pakistan, of the total 11.
India requested Pakistan to let Mr. Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.
The official confirmed to PTI that the Imran Khan government has approved in principle the Indian government’s request to let Mr. Modi’s aircraft fly over the Pakistani airspace to Bishkek. “The Indian government will be conveyed about the decision once the procedural formalities are completed. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will also be directed to notify the airmen subsequently,” the official said, adding Pakistan was hopeful that India would respond to its offer for peace dialogue.
He said Mr. Khan has recently written a letter to his Indian counterpart stressing Pakistan requires a solution for all geopolitical issues including Kashmir between the two neighbours.
The official further said Pakistan is still optimistic that India will respond to peace offer despite the fact both premiers were not meeting at the sidelines of the SCO Summit.
No bilateral meeting has been planned between Mr. Modi and Mr. Khan on the sidelines of the SCO Summit.
Pakistan had given special permission to India’s then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to fly directly through Pakistan airspace to attend the SCO Foreign Ministers’ meet in Bishkek on May 21.
Apart from the two routes through southern Pakistan, the neighbouring country’s airspace remains closed for commercial airliners.
The IAF announced on May 31 that all temporary restrictions imposed on Indian airspace post the Balakot airstrike have been removed. However, it is unlikely to benefit any commercial airliners unless Pakistan reciprocates and opens its complete airspace.
Among Indian airlines, the international operations of Air India and IndiGo have been affected by the closure of Pakistani airspace.
IndiGo has been unable to start direct flights from Delhi to Istanbul due to the closure of Pakistani airspace. The low-cost carrier started the Delhi-Istanbul flight in March 2019. It has to take the longer route every time over the Arabian Sea and make a stop either at Doha in Qatar or at Ahmedabad for refuelling.
Similarly, full-service carrier Air India is unable to fly non-stop flights from Delhi to the US since the closure of Pakistani airspace. Pakistan, however, has extended its partial airspace ban on eastern border with India until June 14
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo announces New Delhi visit
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced that he would visit New Delhi at the end of the month as he previewed comments that he is expected to make at an India Ideas U.S. India Business Council event, ‘the India Ideas Summit: Connecting Cities and States’ which will be held on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
“I’ll be visiting India, an important part of President Trump’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific,” Mr. Pompeo told reporters at a State Department briefing on Monday.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity both to give the set of remarks [at the India Ideas event] about how it is our relationship is so closely tied economically, but also importantly the things that the United States and India can continue to do to build out what is an incredibly important relationship for both countries,” he said.
Mr. Pompeo’s Asia trip will take place between June 24 and 30, and he will first visit New Delhi, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said. “Prime Minister Modi’s recent election victory provides an excellent opportunity for him to implement his vision for a strong and prosperous India that plays a leading role on the global stage,” Ms. Ortagus said. The U.S. is seeking a stronger defence and strategic relationship with India, especially with regard to the Indo-Pacific. This is driven to a significant extent by its concerns over China’s growing influence in the region and globally.
Mr. Pompeo is next expected to visit Colombo, his first after the Easter terror attacks. The U.S. had also been concerned about growing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka and debt traps in the country, resulting from “bad loans” from China to facilitate infrastructure projects such as the strategic Hambantota Port which was leased to China in 2017 for 99 years for over $ 1 billion.
“…Secretary Pompeo will express America’s solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka as they stand united against the despicable Easter Sunday terrorist attacks. He will also discuss promising opportunities for U.S.-Sri Lanka cooperation based on shared commitments to a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” Ms. Ortagus said.
Following Sri Lanka, Mr. Pompeo will head to Osaka, Japan, where the G-20 Leaders’ Summit is taking place. Mr. Modi is expected to meet U.S. President Donald Trump at a trilateral along the sidelines of the summit.
Mr. Pompeo is expected to join Mr. Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Osaka in their discussions on North Korea and denuclearisation and will accompany Mr. Trump to South Korea to meet its President Moon Jae-in, Ms. Ortagus said.
Source – The Hindu