On Friday, PM Modi met the President Xi Jinping in Astana, Kazakhstan and thanked China’s support for India’s complete membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. PM Modi said to the Chinese President, “I got the opportunity to meet you again during the SCO summit. I am grateful to you for your efforts and support for India’s SCO membership.” It is the first meeting between Modi-Xi this year and it comes after India’s boycott of the OBOR conference, which was attended by President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
After meeting with Xi, who’s also the general secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China, Modi tweeted “We spoke about India-China relations and how to further improve ties”. The PM Modi also highly motivated for coordinated efforts to fight the threat of terrorism and increase connectivity without interrupting on power and territorial integrity. It is not probable to come to any solution till everyone makes concentrated efforts on radicalization, terrorist recruitment, training and financial issues, PM Modi said at the meeting of leaders of all member countries where Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was also present. Modi said that terrorism is one of the main violators of the human rights and values. Modi said, “We have full faith that SCO would give a new push to fight terrorism.”
The Indian leader also talked about the India’s commitment to trade in various sectors like investment, education, development partnership, energy, minerals, security etc. Modi said that connectivity with SCO countries is India’s top priority, but these projects should not invade the power of a country. “We have extensive cooperation with SCO countries. We want to deepen the focus on connectivity,” PM Modi said. India had also boycotted the High-profile Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing where 29 world leaders participated. India had shared light on the fact that how China’s OBOR project is impacting the sovereignty of participating countries. PM Modi also thanked the SCO members for the addition of India in the organization and said that he hopes that SCO will help in bringing peace in war-torn Afghanistan.
The PM Modi also called for the efforts by the SCO to tackle climate change. After the completion of PM Modi’s speech, Nawaz Sharif also congratulated India on becoming a member of the SCO and said that the organization gives a shared platform to fight terrorism. Sharif also stressed that the OBOR project is for the benefit of all. “The SCO’s expansion takes place at an opportune time when OBOR is expanding. The mega project will benefit the SCO community,” Sharif added. On Thursday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif met for a short time and exchanged small talk at a cultural gala in the Kazakhstan capital called Astana, amid cold bilateral ties and ongoing border escalation of hostilities. “Since it was the first occasion when the two leaders came across each other after Sharif’s operation, PM Modi enquired about his health. He also enquired about Sharif’s mother and family,” an official said.