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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan; Discussion on ways to deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields

Prime Minister Narendra Modi On Friday, he met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand, during which they reviewed bilateral ties and discussed ways to deepen cooperation in various fields.

Both the leaders are in the historic Uzbek city of Samarkand to attend the SCO summit.

“PM @narendramodi interacts with President @RTerdogan on the sidelines of SCO Summit in Samarkand. The two leaders discussed ways to deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the two leaders had “fruitful discussions” during the meeting.

“The leaders reviewed bilateral relations and appreciated the recent gains in bilateral trade. Also exchanged views on regional and global developments,” he tweeted.

The President of Turkey, a close ally of Pakistan, had repeatedly referred to the Kashmir issue in his address to the UN General Assembly session.

India has in the past termed his comments as “totally unacceptable”, adding that Turkey should learn to respect the sovereignty of other countries and reflect more deeply on its policies.

The SCO was established in 2001 at a summit in Shanghai by the presidents of Russia, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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Over the years, it has emerged as one of the largest inter-regional international organizations. India and Pakistan became its permanent members in 2017. Turkey is a communication partner.

Iran is likely to be given the status of a permanent member of the SCO at the Samarkand summit.

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