India set to partner rivals Pakistan and China in SCO

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10 June, 2017

Speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on Friday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India has extensive cooperation with SCO nations and want to deepen the focus on connectivity, according to media reports.

Zarif arrived in the Astana on Thursday to participate in the two-day SCO summit and the opening ceremony of Astana Expo 2017.

Referring to terrorism, Modi said that it is a major threat to humanity and we will have to make coordinated efforts to counter its menace.

PM Modi spoke on the need for enhancing connectivity in the region, adding it was key to boosting trade and investment.

He said it will also help us to combat terrorism, reduce arms race, fight poverty and epidemic, deal with climate change and ensure water security.

Modi thanked Xi for China's support for India's full membership in the SCO like he did when he met Russoian President Vladimir Putin in St Petersberg.

His remarks assume significance as they come weeks after India boycotted the high-profile Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing, in which 29 world leaders took part.

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Addressing the SCO's heads of council meeting on Friday, he said "I am thankful to member countries for giving Pakistan permanent membership to the body".

The Iranian foreign minister also in this meeting referred to the strategic talks in Kabul and asserted that committees have been formed to follow up the implementation of agreements.

A summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is under way in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana. India and Pakistan are one step away from becoming SCO members.

The two countries are also in contention over the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), where China has been adamant about its stand to block India's admission into the 48-member prestigious group.

Many experts believe the SCO summit will be a platform for Chinese President Xi Jinping to further push China's ambitious One Belt One Road project which India has opposed citing sovereignty issues.

"(China and India) should strengthen multilateral communication and consultation, and appropriately control and manage differences and sensitive issues", Xi said, according to the post.

Xi said China attaches great importance to its ties with India.


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