India said Thursday that Pakistan’s prime minister will be invited to the annual meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters: “All eight members of SCO as well as four observer states and other international dialogue partners will be invited to attend the meeting.”

India is set to host the meeting of the council of heads of government of the SCO for the first time this year.

China, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan are the member states of the SCO.

The decision to accept the invitation will be on

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