Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have to take a longer route when he files for his next visit to the USA.
New Delhi, Sep 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have to take a longer route when he files for his next visit to the USA.
The Pakistan government, which has imposed a second lockdown of its airspace due to ongoing tensions with India over Jammu and Kashmir, has denied a request to allow PM Modi's plane to pass via its airspace.
On Wednesday, the Indian government had sent a formal request to Pakistan to allow the use of its airspace for Modi's US visit which is scheduled for September 21-27.
"Keeping in view the situation in occupied Kashmir ... we have decided that we will not allow the Indian Prime Minister," Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in a video released by the foreign ministry.
Following the request from the Indian government, Islamabad said it would announce its decision after consultations.
Earlier this month, Pakistan had also denied permission to a plane carrying Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, to fly over its airspace during an official trip.
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