In A First, India Attends SCO Summit Today As A Full Member

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Beijing: This is the first time that India would be participating as a full member at the SCO Summit which is going to be held in Qindao, China.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be leaving for a two-day visit to China to attend the annual meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a statement before departing for China stressed upon the fact that this is a ‘new beginning for India. The India delegation would depart from India at 7 am Saturday morning and arrive in Qindao around 3:30 pm.

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This will be the first time that India will attend Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit as a full member. Previously, India had a status of an observer. I believe that the Qingdao Summit will further enrich the SCO agenda, while heralding a new beginning for Indias engagement with the SCO, he said.

The four pillars of the SCO Summit are: political, security (terrorism), economic, cultural. India will also give a big push to connectivity.

Prime Minister Modi in his statement said, The SCO has a rich agenda for cooperation, ranging from fighting terrorism, separatism and extremism to promoting cooperation in connectivity, commerce, customs, law, health and agriculture; protecting the environment and mitigating disaster risk; and fostering people-to-people relations. In the last one year since India became a full member of the SCO, our interaction with the Organization and its member States has grown considerably in these areas.

On June 9, Prime Narendra Modi will call on Rashid Alimov, Secretary General of the SCO, upon his arrival. Thereafter, he will hold bilateral meetings with Xi Jingping, President of the Peoples Republic of China; Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikstan.

He will also attend the banquet dinner which will be hosted by President Xi Jinping. This will be Modis first meeting with Xi after their informal visit that took place in Wuhan, China in April.

PM Modi in his statement said, India enjoys deep friendship and multi-dimensional ties with the Member States of the SCO. On the sidelines of the SCO Summit, I will have the opportunity of meeting and sharing views with several other leaders, including the Heads of States of many SCO Member States.

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