SCO summit: Gopal Baglay, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson on Friday addressed a press conference and said that there were no military exercises proposed in the SCO, but anti-terrorism exercises can be conducted. He also said that all the countries had to come together to face the problem of terrorism. Speaking of the Indo-China relations, he said that India wasn’t forced into having a good relationship but such was the cornerstone of its foreign policy. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that all the countries had to tackle terrorism in a coordinated manner. Addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Astana, Kazakhstan, the Prime Minister said that after 12 years of observing, India will be becoming a member of the SCO.
The Prime Minister also thanked all the member countries for their support in the matter. PM Modi also stressed that it would not be possible to find a solution till everybody took concerted efforts on radicalisation, recruitment of terrorists, training and issues relating to their finance. Prime Minister Modi also went on to congratulate President of Kazakhstan, Nazarbayev for successfully leading the country and for an excellent organisation of the SCO summit.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi had met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. This meeting was extremely important due to its close proximity to India’s boycott of the Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing in May. The Belt and Road Forum had seen participation from 29 world leaders. “We spoke about India-China relations and how to further improve ties,” Modi tweeted after his meeting with Xi, who is also the general secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China.