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SCO Summit | SCO should try to build resilient supply chain in our region: PM Modi

Giving better connectivity and transit rights is important to build a better supply chain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at SCO summit

Giving better connectivity and transit rights is important to build a better supply chain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at SCO summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) discussed the regional security situation and ways to enhance trade and connectivity at the group’s annual summit on Friday.

SCO should try to create resilient supply chain in our region, PM Modi said. He said the global supply chain has been disrupted due to COVID-19 and the situation in Ukraine, resulting in a food and energy security crisis. “The world is facing the challenge of economic recovery,” said Mr. Modi

Therefore, it is important to provide better connectivity and transit rights to create a better supply chain, he said.

The leaders of the permanent members of the group posed for a group photo at the Congress Center in Samarkand, before deliberations on the restricted format of the summit.

Stating that India’s economy is expected to grow at 7.5% this year, he remarked that the government is making progress in making India a manufacturing hub. “Our people-centred development model has a strong focus on the proper use of technology.”

This is the first time since the start of the border standoff between India and China in eastern Ladakh nearly 28 months ago that Mr Modi and Mr Xi came face-to-face at a summit in this historic Uzbek city.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kyrgyz President Sadir Zaparov, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Uzbek President Shaukat Mirziyoyev walk into a summit ahead of a meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) .  Samarkand, Uzbekistan on September 16, 2022.  Photo: Handout via Kyrgyz Presidential Press Service / Reuters

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kyrgyz President Sadir Zaparov, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Uzbek President Shaukat Mirziyoyev walk into a summit ahead of a meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) . Samarkand, Uzbekistan on September 16, 2022. Photo: Handout via Kyrgyz Presidential Press Service / Reuters

However, as of now there is no clarity on whether there will be any bilateral meeting between Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi on the sidelines of the summit.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi and leaders of several Central Asian countries are also participating in the summit.

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.

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At the site of the summit, Mr. Modi was warmly received by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted, “President of Uzbekistan Shaukat Mirziyoyev welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Congress Center in Samarkand for the 22nd SCO Summit. India is working closely with Uzbekistan for the success of his presidency. “

In another tweet, he said: “PM @narendramodi joins leaders of SCO member states to discuss topical, regional and international issues including regional peace and security, trade and connectivity, culture and tourism.” After the summit, Prime Minister Modi will have separate bilateral meetings with Russian President Putin, Uzbek President Mirziyoyev and Iranian President Raisi.

Mr. Modi arrived here on Thursday night on a nearly 24-hour tour.

Hours before departing for Samarkand, Mr Modi said he was looking forward to exchanging views at the summit on topical regional and international issues as well as on reform and expansion of the grouping. In a statement, Mr 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.” Am.”

“A number of decisions are likely to be taken under the chairmanship of Uzbek for mutual cooperation in the fields of trade, economy, culture and tourism,” he said.

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

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

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

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