Sources said the two leaders exchanged pleasantries at the function, but no bilateral meeting was expected.
“Since it was the first occasion when the two leaders came across each other after Mr Sharif’s operation, Mr Modi enquired about his health. He also asked about Mr Sharif’s mother and family,” an official said.
The SCO is a consortium that focuses on security and trade. India and Pakistan will be inducted as full members of the SCO.
However, there is no planned meeting of any kind between the two leaders at Astana but they will be in the same room along with six other heads of government for the summit.