SCO summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that all the countries need to tackle terrorism and extremism in a coordinated manner. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kazakhstan’s Astana. 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. PM Modi also thanked all members for their support in this regard. The Prime Minister stressed that it was impossible to reach a solution till all make concerted efforts, on radicalization, terrorist recruitment, training and financing issues. The Prime Minister also congratulated Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev for successful leadership and excellent organization of SCO Summit. India and Pakistan are set to join the Eurasian bloc today. India has been an observer country at the SCO since 2005. Apart from India, Pakistan, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are attending the summit.
Earlier today, PM Narendra Modi had met Chinese President Xi Jinping. This comes after India had boycotted the high-profile Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing last month in which 29 world leaders took part. Both the leaders discussed ways to improve bilateral ties hit by growing differences over a host of issues including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and India’s NSG membership bid. “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.
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Last night, PM Narendra Modi had exchanged pleasantries with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at a reception at the SCO summit amid escalating India-Pakistan tensions over a range of issues. PM Modi also met President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit.