First time the Indian Prime Minister will be attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit along with Pakistan after India and Pakistan became full- fledged members of the grouping, jointly dominated by China and Russia, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to NATO.
PM modi was welcomed by Chinese President Xi jinping at official welcome ceremony. PM modi has been in China’s Qingdao for two days visit to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.
At SCO in his address, PM Modi atriculated India’s position on dealing with major challenges including ways to tackle terrorism, and boosting trade and investment in the region.
“The SCO has rich agenda for cooperation, ranging fighting terrorism, separatism and extremism to promoting connectivity, commerce, customs, law, health and agriculture, protecting the environment and mitigating disaster risk and encourage development in people- to-people relations,” Modi said in a pre- departure statement. He said since India has became a full member of the SCO, its interaction with the bloc and its members has grown considerably in these areas.
Besides modi, other leaders attending the summit included Chinese President Xi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain.
The SCO summit was founded in 2001 at a summit in Shanghai by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan became its member last year.
The SCO leaders are also expected to review the situation in the Korean Peninsula, Afghanistan and Syria. Officials said India will look for effective ways to deal with terrorism and enhancing security cooperation among SCO countries.
PM modi redefines S.E.C.U.R.E
PM modi redefines S.E.C.U.R.E as S for Security of citizens, E for Economic Development for all, C for Connectivity in the Region, U for United people, R for Respect for sovereignty and integrity and E for Environmental protection. “All factors are compulsory said PM Modi in his address at the Plennary session of the 18th SCO.
Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, India – Raveesh Kumar tweeted
Intervention by PM @narendramodi at the Plenary Session of #SCOSummit: ” We have again reached a stage where physical and digital connectivity is changing the definition of geography.
Intervention by PM @narendramodi at the Plenary Session of #SCOSummit: "We have again reached a stage where physical and digital connectivity is changing the definition of geography. Therefore, connectivity with our neighbourhood & in the SCO region is our priority" #IndiainSCO pic.twitter.com/NA5gWjHHxM
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 10, 2018