Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Modi conveys Indias strong support to Afghan in combating


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for coordinated efforts among Shanghai Cooperation Organisation members to fight terrorism and enhance connectivity without impinging upon sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He said that it was impossible to reach a solution till all countries made concerted efforts to fight radicalisation, terrorist recruitment, training and financing.

Modi also thanked other members of SCO for supporting India's membership to the grouping, which at present comprises China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. "We support connectivity with the SCO countries", he said, speaking in Hindi and added, "Connectivity should create cooperation and trust among our future generations".

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meeting the President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, on the sidelines of the SCO Summit, in Astana, Kazakhstan on June 09, 2017.

The meeting between both the leaders was first after India boycotted the high-profile Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing last month.

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According to Modi, the SCO will also be a powerful partner in the worldwide fight against terrorism.

India has been an observer of the SCO meeting since 2005. The new of the murders came out before the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) Astana summit and triggered deep disappointment and grief among the Chinese public. "The expansion of the SCO will undoubtedly contribute to ensuring that it will become more powerful and influential in the political, economic and humanitarian spheres", Putin said at the SCO summit in Astana.

After Indian Prime Minister, it was Pak PM Nawaz Sharif who addressed the SCO Summit.

Sharif met the presidents of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Russian Federation, but a meeting with Xi Jinping was notably missing.

President Jinping congratulated India on its expected official membership of the SCO and stated China's willingness to strengthen cooperation with India under the SCO framework and jointly make positive contribution to its sound and steady development.

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