Samarkand: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Samarkand on Thursday night, will attend the first in-person summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in two years in the historic Uzbek city here on Friday. The summit of the eight-member grouping will be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Iran’s Ibrahim Raisi, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other leaders of Central Asian countries.
PM Modi will deliberate on key regional security challenges and issues such as trade, investment and energy supply. During the summit, the Prime Minister is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with Russian President Putin, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Iranian President Raisi. He met President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets President of Uzbekistan Shaukat Mirziyoyev at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. pic.twitter.com/uwxxpyd2Qj— ANI (@ANI) September 16, 2022
PM Modi also posed for a group photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistan PM Shahbaz Sharif, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Central Asian leaders at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and other leaders pose for a group photo at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan . pic.twitter.com/RaTuXFhS3J— ANI (@ANI) September 16, 2022
In a pre-departure statement, PM Modi said, “At the SCO Summit, I look forward to exchanging views on topical, regional and international issues, expanding the SCO and further deepening the multi-faceted and mutually beneficial cooperation within the organization.” I look forward to it.” “Under the Uzbek presidency, a number of decisions are likely to be taken for mutual cooperation in the fields of trade, economy, culture and tourism.”
Prime Minister Modi said that he was also looking forward to meeting Uzbek President Mirziyoyev, “I remember his visit to India in 2018. He also attended the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in 2019 as Guest of Honor. In addition, I Will have bilateral meetings with some other leaders who have participated in the summit.”
There has been no confirmation of his possible bilateral ties with Chinese President Xi and Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif amid bitterness in bilateral ties with the two countries.
Asked whether Modi and Xi will have a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the summit, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra told reporters in New Delhi, “We will keep you fully informed when the schedule of the Prime Minister’s bilateral meetings comes out.” Kwatra also said that the Prime Minister’s participation in the summit was a reflection of the importance that India attaches to the SCO and its goals.
Notably, the SCO summit in Samarkand will have two sessions – a restricted session which is only for SCO member states and then an extended session which is likely to see the participation of observers and special invitees of the Chairman. Country.
Launched in Shanghai in June 2001, the SCO has eight full members, including its six founding members, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan joined as full members in 2017.
The SCO is holding its first in-person summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, two years after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic that prevented such high-level gatherings. The summit of the influential group of eight countries is taking place amid growing geopolitical turmoil largely due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and China’s aggressive military stance in the Taiwan Straits.
(with PTI inputs)