Swaraj refuses to stand next to FM Qureshi at SCO moot

Published: May 22, 2019


Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj refused to stand next to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a group picture taken at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers moot in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday.

At the moot, when all attending foreign ministers gathered for a picture, Swaraj ended up standing next to Qureshi. However, as she turned to her side and saw her Pakistani counterpart standing next to her, she changed her place.

Swaraj’s vacated spot was taken by Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.

FM Qureshi meets with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi

FM Qureshi on Tuesday departed for Kyrgyzstan to represent Islamabad at the Shanghai Cooperation Operation (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting.

The two-day moot will be attended by foreign ministry officials of SCO member states to approve resolutions to be adopted by the council of heads of states at the SCO meeting scheduled to be held in June.

Qureshi will also present comments at the plenary session. He will also hold bilateral talks with participating foreign ministers and the secretary general of the SCO.


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Reader Comments (4)

  • Noor
    May 22, 2019 - 2:10PM

    Its not refusal. she did stand with SMQ but on request of another FM, she left her space for him.Recommend

  • Rebirth
    May 22, 2019 - 2:22PM

    Quite interesting to see SMQ express his amusement with respect to her behaviour. Very dignified and classy. He seems to be outdoing himself, almost daily. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 22, 2019 - 3:23PM

    Nothing unusual, the shorties are always shunted to the end in wedding photos also….

    The Indian FM was placed where she belonged….


  • Arshad Kamal Khan
    May 22, 2019 - 9:37PM

    Very petty minded silly behaviour. Recommend

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