Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

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India and Pakistan joined SCO in first ever expansion since its inception 2001.

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

He assured that China will contribute with an additional 10 million yuan ($1.47 million USD) to the SCO Secretariat in order to facilitate its work. "After 12 years of observership, will get membership of SCO".

Describing terrorists as the chief violators of human rights and values, Modi said: " We have full faith that the SCO would give a new push to our efforts in the fight against terrorism".

PM Modi also expressed his gratitude towards the other member countries that supported India's membership to SCO.

"Terrorism is a major threat to humanity", PM Modi said, adding that there must be combined efforts to deal with it to avoid radicalization.

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"We have extensive cooperation with SCO nations".

The Prime Minister further said that India appreciates China's support for its accession to the SCO and wishes to strengthen cooperation with China under the SCO framework.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Saturday arrived in Pakistan after concluding his two-day official visit to Astana, Kazakhstan.

The member states reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation of the SCO Member States and pledged to resolve border disputes through friendly consultations, it said.

During their meeting on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing last month, the two leaders reached an important consensus on maintaining a high-level China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and enhancing all-round cooperation, according to the Chinese president.

While emphasising that connectivity with SCO countries is India's top priority, Modi said that such projects should not impinge on a country's sovereignty, hinting at China's OBOR project that passes through PoK. India, one of the largest energy consuming countries in the world, is also likely to get greater access to major gas and oil exploration projects in Central Asia as numerous SCO countries have huge reserves of oil and natural gas.

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