SCO summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana. PM Modi is in Kazakhstan for two days to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. India and Pakistan will become permanent members of the SCO during the summit which is currently being held in the Central Asian nation. PM Modi will also attend the Astana Expo which will be inaugurated on June 9. The theme of the Astana Expo will be ‘Future Energy’, according to the Indian Express.
PM Modi in a Facebook post wrote, ‘India will become a full member of the SCO during this session of the organisation. After India joins SCO the organisation will represent 40 percent of humanity and 20% of the world’s GDP’. In the Facebook post, PM Modi also said that India had initiated the full membership process in the Tashkent meeting of SCO last year. India has been an observer of the SCO since 2005, according to an Indian Express report.
Prime Minister Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif are expected to attend a banquet which will be hosted by Nazarbayev. PM Modi is expected to meet Chinese President Xi in the backdrop of the SCO summit. India and Pakistan will become the seventh and eighth members of the SCO, according to the Indian Express.
Currently, Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan are permanent members of the SCO, while India, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia and Belarus have an observer status in the group.