India, Pakistan to become full SCO members at Astana summit: China

The political and security grouping - headquartered in Beijing - was founded in 2001 and comprises Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, besides China as full members.

By: PTI | Beijing | Updated: June 1, 2017 2:46 pm
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India and Pakistan’s admission to the Beijing-backed Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will be formalised at the grouping’s summit in Kazakhstan next week, China said today.

“The members’ states of the SCO are accelerating the MoU procedures with the two countries and everything is going very well,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

“We hope India and Pakistan as the full members at the Astana summit (on June 8-9). We also expect the Astana summit will complete the admission procedures for the two countries,” Hua told reporters.

The political and security grouping – headquartered in Beijing – was founded in 2001 and comprises Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, besides China as full members. It is mainly aimed at military cooperation between the members and involves intelligence-sharing, counter-terrorism operations in Central Asia. Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status.

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    kushal kumar
    Jun 10, 2017 at 6:46 am
    this Vedic astrology writer's predictions for India for April to July in year 2017 in article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September" issued widely to Indian news media last year in October and November 2017. The period of four months from April to July during the year was categorized as promising having opportunities in certain respects and realization also to an extent. Besides successful achievements during said period in ICJ , Germany and Russia , India became a member of SCO at Satana in Kazhakistan on 9 June , 2017. Earlier , India had only observer capacity presence there. So it is obviously a great moment for the country coming as it during April to July in present year 2017, coinciding with this Vedic astrology writer's prophesy of last year in October and November 2016.
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