PM Modi exhorts SCO to fight against terrorism

The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic, and military organization which was founded in 1996 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

The 17th SCO summit was held in Kazakhstan capital Astana and at its conclusion, the participating leaders called for putting up a united fight against terrorism.

Since India is now a member of the SCO, it would be able to express its views and get its concerns reflected on the outcome documents of all future meetings and summits of the organisation, sources clarified.

He assured that China will contribute with an additional 10 million yuan ($1.47 million USD) to the SCO Secretariat in order to facilitate its work. The UN chief also congratulated Pakistan on attaining permanent membership of the SCO, and hoped the move will bring more prosperity to the region. The meeting came amid escalating tensions between the two countries.

It has six observer states, namely Iran, Afghanistan, Belarus, Mongolia, India and Pakistan.

He said that Pakistan was grateful to the R Russian Federation for supporting Pakistan’s full membership in the SCO.

“We could begin signing agreement on trade facilitation with SCO”. We want connectivity to pave way for enhancing cooperation and confidence among the societies and young people.

The presidents also signed an SCO convention on countering extremism and adopted a statement of the bloc’s leaders about their countries’ joint fight against worldwide terrorism. 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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and conveyed India’s firm support to the war-ravaged country in “resolutely and effectively” combating the challenge of terrorism.

Modi also exchanged greetings with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif and both leaders were seen sharing the table during lunch at the summit.