PM Modi meets Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana, will attend SCO Summit

The SCO summit is special for India as it would be formally admitted into the China dominated six-nation grouping along with Pakistan.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2017 5:58 pm
PM Modi with Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Image: Twitter/PMO)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev upon arriving in Astana where he will attend the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. The two leaders discussed ways to expand bilateral ties.

The PM is also scheduled to attend the inauguration of the Astana Expo on June 9 which is themed on’Future Energy’ this year.

Before leaving for Astana, PM wrote on Facebook, “At this meeting, on completion of the process, India will become a full Member of the SCO upon which SCO will represent over 40 per cent of humanity and nearly 20 per cent of global GDP. We launched the process of full membership in Tashkent meeting of the SCO last year. I look forward to deepening India’s association with the SCO which will help us in economic, connectivity and counter-terrorism cooperation, among other things.”

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also scheduled to attend the summit. Modi and Sharif are expected to attend a banquet hosted by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. It is unclear whether the two leaders will hold talks with each other especially in the shadow of deteriorating relations between the two countries.

The SCO summit is special for India as it would be formally admitted into the China dominated six-nation grouping along with Pakistan. The two South-Asian neighbours India and Pakistan are going to be the seventh and eighth members of the SCO after China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Modi is also scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of this summit amid growing differences between the two countries over a host of issues including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and NSG.

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  1. G
    Jun 8, 2017 at 10:04 pm
    PM on Joly foreign tour. Farmers dyeing . Modi enjoying and huge wastage on money.
    1. M
      Jun 8, 2017 at 9:57 pm
      Modi met Kazhak President and as advised by Ajit Dowal whispered in his ears "Terrorism is coming to your country.....Terrorism is coming to your country". Then Kazhak President whispered to Modi's ears " You are the greatest terrorist in the are the greatest terrorist in the world". You should have seen Modi's face then.
      1. S
        Jun 8, 2017 at 9:39 pm
        Now ppl hv started realizing the truth. How long a bunch of thugs with vicious ideology can make fool of 125 crore ppl. propa a time is over. Rahulji is our next PM.
        1. Rahul Shinde
          Jun 8, 2017 at 7:09 pm
          This is testing time for Mr Modi diplomacy. I wish him the best.
          1. K
            Jun 8, 2017 at 5:35 pm
            I don't think there will be a benefit shaking hands with China... Lets grow independent with other friendly countries not with the enemies... China is sponsoring terrorism in the form of supporting a rogue country stan...
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