PM's Bilateral Meetings On The Sidelines Of SCO Summit In Astana

The Prime Minister, speaking in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif among others, also asserted that sovereignty and territorial integrity should be the key factors in such a cooperation.

Prime Minister Modi is in the Kazakh capital to attend the two-day summit of SCO, which is a consortium focussing on security and trade.

The member states reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation of the SCO Member States and pledged to resolve border disputes through friendly consultations, it said. The Prime Minister said India's SCO membership will certainly take cooperation among member states to new heights.

Noting that the SCO is facing new opportunities and challenges, Xi said China and Russian Federation should firmly observe the "Shanghai Spirit", boost solidarity among the SCO members, maintain regional security and stability, and promote pragmatic cooperation.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations, including trade and economic cooperation, and also current global issues during the meeting. "We look forward to working with member countries for progress, prosperity and connectivity in the region", said Pankaj Patel, President, Ficci. Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir were also present at the meeting. "The expansion of the SCO will undoubtedly contribute to ensuring that it will become more powerful and influential in the political, economic and humanitarian spheres", Putin said at the SCO leaders' meeting in Astana.

Modi hailed India's accession as a "landmark moment in the journey of the SCO" and pledged India would play a "constructive and active role" in the organisation. As per TOI official sources, "the leaders exchanged pleasantries at leaders" lounge at a reception at Astana opera organised to welcome the leaders who are participating in Shanghai. We want connectivity to pave way for enhancing cooperation and confidence among the societies and young people.

Also on Friday, Pakistan and India were granted full membership of the SCO.

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