SCO Summit: PM Modi meets Chinese President. Here's what they discussed

SCO Summit: PM Modi meets Chinese President. Here's what they discussed
SCO Summit: PM Modi meets Chinese President. Here's what they discussed
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13 June, 2017

The leaders supported Afghanistan's efforts to combat terrorism, extremism and drug-related crimes, saying the United Nations should play a core role in coordinating global cooperation to secure peace and stability in the Asian country.

"I look forward to deepening India's association with the SCO, which will help strengthen cooperation in economy, connectivity, counterterrorism, etc", said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Terrorism is violation of human rights and basic human values.

The topic of this week's Majlis was the latest summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Kazakh capital, Astana, on June 9.

PM Modi also asserted the need for smooth connectivity in the region and suggested an enhancement to better support the trades and investments.

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Modi today hailed India's accession as a "landmark moment in the journey of the SCO" and pledged India would play a "constructive and active role" in the organisation that also includes ex-Soviet states Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, "We are highly concerned".

The two Prime Ministers are here to attend the summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) where India and Pakistan will be inducted as full members of the bloc tomorrow. President Nazarbayev received the Prime Minister warmly and recalled his earlier visit to Kazakhstan in 2015.

The Chinese leader also stated that his country offers to create a union of economic think tanks and Internet trade business associations.

More, the state-run media in China emphasised Xi's meetings with leaders from India and Russian Federation. The press release stated that the leaders had praised "the outcomes of the Belt and Road International Cooperation Forum" held in Beijing on May 14 and May 15. With the first expansion of the grouping since its inception in 2001, the SCO will now represent over 40 per cent of humanity and almost 20 per cent of the global GDP. India, one of the largest energy consuming countries in the world, is also likely to get greater access to major gas and oil exploration projects in Central Asia as numerous SCO countries have huge reserves of oil and natural gas.


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