SCO summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for Kazakhstan capital Astana to attend the 2-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) today, an ANI report has said. Apart from India, other countries that will take part in the meet include Pakistan, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the summit. Both India and Pakistan are expected to become full members of the Eurasian grouping, during the summit, as per PTI. Earlier the prime minister had said he wanted to take India’s friendship with member countries of SCO to the next level for mutual development and growth of all countries. He had also pointed out that India’s association with SCO will help the country in economic growth as well as counter-terrorism cooperation, among other things.
After India becomes a full member of the SCO, the group will represent nearly 40 percent of world’s population and 20 percent of global GDP, Narendra Modi had said. He will attend the inauguration of the Astana Expo on June 9, the agency report added.
Speaking about the possibility of prime minister meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said that there was a possibility but the schedule was being worked out. He also ruled out any meeting between Narendra Modi Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif, and said there was neither any request from Pakistan’s side nor any such proposal was made by India.
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While speaking about the summit, ministry joint secretary of the Eurasia division G V Srinivas, was quoted as saying by PTI, “Indications are that the last leg of the entire process, as per the Memorandum of Obligations, which is the confirmation (of membership) by the heads of the states of the existing members of the SCO, is going to happen in Astana.”