Nazarbayev calls Astana Summit 'historic' for SCO

Nazarbayev calls Astana Summit 'historic' for SCO

Nazarbayev calls Astana Summit 'historic' for SCO

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reiterated his stand on "terrorism" at the 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit being held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

To enhance the capacity of member states in coordination and implementation in the security field, Xi called on the SCO to strengthen regional counter-terrorism institutional building and resolutely crack down on illicit drug manufacturing and trafficking.

Both sides agreed to push for the progress in cooperation in energy, mining, chemical industry, mechanical manufacturing, agriculture and infrastructure, said Zhong, Xinhua reported.

After Astana, Modi and Xi are also expected to cross paths at the G20 summit to be held in July in Hamburg, Germany followed by Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) summit to be held in Xiamen, China in September.

"After 12 years of observership, will get membership of SCO".

PM Modi said that connectivity with SCO countries is a great priority for India.

Later, the Prime Minister also held talks Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev here.

"China supports the SCO in speaking with one voice on worldwide and regional issues", Xi said.

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The two leaders met in Astana, Kazakhstan on the sidelines on the Shanghai Corporation Organisation summit.

The Kazakh President also recalled the time when the organization was founded by five countries 16 years ago, namely China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

-PM Modi begins addressing the SCO Summit.

"We spoke about India-China relations and how to further improve ties", Modi tweeted after his meeting with Xi.

India reportedly made it clear that it wants to be a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) during the meeting with Xi and also expressed some unease at the "silk road" initiative.

Hailing the long-lasting friendship between the two countries with ancient civilizations, Modi said a sound India-China relationship will help stabilize the volatile global situation. "However, the organisation must face such tests as it expands", it said.

While India's statement on connectivity targeted the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor being a part of the One-Belt One Road, the comments on terrorism were aimed at Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism.

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