SCO summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday emplaned for Delhi after attending the 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Astana, Kazakhstan. On the second and final day of the six-nations summit, PM Modi said that after 12 years of observership, India will get membership of SCO. He also thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping and said that India was grateful for China’s support and efforts for India’s SCO membership. News agency ANI quoted PM Modi saying, “Got the opportunity to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping again during SCO summit, grateful to you for your efforts and support for India’s SCO membership. He added, “After 12 years of observership, will get membership of SCO. Want to thank all members for their support,”
During the day, PM Modi also reiterated his stand on the issue of terrorism and said that it was a major threat to humanity and all the nations had to make concerted efforts to counter the menace. Indian Express also reported the Prime Minister saying that it would be impossible to counter terrorism unless everybody came together to counter radicalisation, recruitment of terrorists, their training and issues of their finance.
PM Modi also met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who congratulated India on its induction to the SCO. The two neighbouring leaders were reported to have met at the Astana Opera House’s leaders’ lounge. Addressing the leaders of other member countries such as China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, PM Modi said, “We have extensive cooperation with SCO nations. We want to deepen the focus on connectivity”.