Samarkand: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday left for Samarkand in Uzbekistan to attend the 22nd Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member States (SCO-COHS) summit on September 15-16. The SCO summit will also see the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Iran’s Ibrahim Raisi, among other top world leaders. Prime Minister is visiting Uzbekistan at the invitation of President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, “Departure for Samarkand, Uzbekistan to attend the SCO Summit, which will witness the exchange of views on a wide range of regional and global issues”.
Departure for Samarkand, Uzbekistan to attend the SCO Summit, which will see an exchange of views on a wide range of regional and global issues. https://t.co/pmA3n8JsKQ— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 15, 2022
PM Modi will attend the summit on Friday. He is expected to hold bilateral meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Samarkand.
PM Modi will review the activities of SCO and discuss possibilities of cooperation in future. “At the SCO Summit, I look forward to exchanging views on topical, regional and international issues, expanding the SCO and further deepening multifaceted and mutually beneficial cooperation within the organization,” the Prime Minister’s Office Departures. Read the statement before his visit. Uzbekistan.
The 22nd summit has been in the news due to the ongoing turmoil in geopolitics, including the Russia-Ukraine conflict and tensions over Taiwan. The SCO summit is taking place at a time when the West, China and Russia have sharp differences over issues of sovereignty, democracy, human rights and economic sanctions, to name a few, and who is with whom on the prevailing flow.
India is well-established in the emerging global order to be a neutral mediator between highly divided factions as it has always fielded the common good rather than partisan strategic objectives.
(with agency input)