Indian authorities say Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flight to Kyrgyzstan will go around Pakistan, crossing over Oman, Iran and Central Asia instead, despite being granted permission by Islamabad to use its airspace.

While Pakistan had already approved “in principle” a shorter flight path for the official plane to pass over its territory, India withdrew its request on Wednesday, announcing that it had decided to go with its plan B.

“The Government of India had explored two options for the route to be taken by the VVIP Aircraft to Bishkek. A decision has now been taken that the VVIP Aircraft will fly via Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries on the way to Bishkek,” a statement by a government spokesman explained. (RT)