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Membership to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will strengthen India’s relations with Central Asia Membership to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will strengthen India’s relations with Central Asia
Faye Gross | 10 June, 2018, 02:07

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, which will explore concrete ways to bolster cooperation in the fight against terrorism, extremism, and radicalisation, besides deliberating on pressing global issues.

The foreign secretary said one of the important outcomes of Saturday's meeting was that the Chinese side accepted prime minister's invitation to President Xi to come to India for an informal summit next year, similar to the one held by the two leaders in Wuhan on 27-28 April. "India will benefit from SCO counterterrorism mechanism and I think Pakistan will make some compromise, for not just India and Afghanistan, but for the whole region", he said.

It is for the first time the Indian Prime Minister will be attending the SCO summit after India along with Pakistan became a full-fledged members of the grouping, jointly dominated by China and Russian Federation, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed the agreement as they began the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.

The SCO is a permanent intergovernmental worldwide organisation that focuses on strengthening mutual trust and neighbourliness among the member states and promoting their effective cooperation in politics, trade, the economy, research, technology and culture, and making joint efforts to maintain and ensure peace, security and stability in the region.

The two leaders also made a decision to set up a new mechanism for people-to-people cooperation to build on the momentum in bilateral ties from their unprecedented informal summit in Wuhan almost six weeks back.

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Sharing some aspects of the almost 50-minute meeting, the foreign secretary said Xi described the Wuhan summit as a "new starting point" in bilateral relations between the two countries while prime minister called it as a "milestone" in ties which will help in developing mutual understanding and trust.

Participants at the summit will discuss about issues including information security, combating cross-border crime and the formation of permanent bodies to ensure law enforcement and security, he said.

The officials said India is also likely to focus on importance of regional connectivity projects to boost trade among members of the SCO countries. The numbers have climbed further after the accession of India and Pakistan.

On Friday, PM Modi said he was excited to lead the Indian delegation for the SCO's first-ever meeting with the country as a full member.

"Met this year's SCO host, President Xi Jinping this evening".

The SCO was set up by China in 2001 for political, economic and security cooperation amongst Eurasian countries and now includes Russia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

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