Modi Set To Meet Xi On Saturday

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Beijing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit China on Saturday to attend a two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in the coastal city of Qingdao.

Modi will hold the bilateral meet with Xi on Saturday. He might also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom he had an informal meet in Sochi last month.
PM Modi will be participating in the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

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Summit, being held under the chairmanship of President Xi, on June 9 and 10, in Qingdao, Shandong province, Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

India and Pakistan last year were formally inducted into the eight-member security bloc whose other member nations are China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The SCO summit will discuss the regional security and issue of terrorism, with Modi likely to rake up terror emanating from Pakistan. Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain will attend the summit.

One of the key highlights of the summit will be Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s presence. He was invited by China to attend the forum. This assumes significance as the US has junked the Iran-nuclear deal, which China has vowed to salvage. Iran along with Mongolia, Afghanistan and Belarus have observer status at the summit.

The meeting would come over a month after the two leaders held an informal summit in the Chinese city of Wuhan in April during which they exchanged views on solidifying the relations between the two Asian powers. Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain will attend the summit.

One of the key highlights of the summit will be Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s presence. He was invited by China to attend. Officials have said PM Modi and Mr Xi Jinping are expected to take stock of implementation of decisions taken at their informal summit in Wuhan.

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