Tashkent: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wrapped up his two-day visit in Tashkent during which he attended the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and held talks with Presidents of China, Russia and three other Central Asian countries.
The prime minister was in Tashkent primarily to attend the annual SCO summit which today kick-started the process for India’s accession into the grouping as its full member.
In his address at the SCO summit, PM Modi said its partnership with India will help protect the region from threats of radicalisation, violence and terror. He said India’s membership of the SCO will drive economic growth in the region.
PM Modi, who had arrived in Tashkent yesterday, held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Uzbek President Islam Karimov yesterday.
Today he held bilateral talks with Russia President Vladimir Putin during which they discussed ways to step up cooperation in the civil nuclear energy and hydrocarbon sector.
PM Modi also held talks with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and explored ways to expand cooperation in areas of trade and investment.
“Thank you Tashkent! A short but productive visit for the SCO Summit ends as PM @narendramodi departs for India,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted as PM Modi departed for New Delhi.