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SCO Summit 2022 Highlights: India, China expressing concern about Ukraine war reflective of global worries, says Blinken

SCO Summit 2022 at Samarkand, Uzbekistan News Highlights: Speaking at the SCO summit Friday, Modi said Indian economy is expected to grow by 7.5 per cent this year and thus will be the highest among the largest economies in the world.

By: Express Web Desk
Updated: September 17, 2022 2:09:45 pm
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for a photo shaking hands prior to their talks on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. AP/PTI

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit 2022 Highlights: Indian and Chinese leaders expressing their concerns to the Russian President over the Ukraine war is reflective of the global worries about the effects of Moscow’s aggression against the interests of people across the planet, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said, PTI reported. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Uzbekistan pressed him to end the conflict in Ukraine soon, saying “today’s era is not of war”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday arrived in New Delhi, after attending the 22nd Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand. Modi tweeted, “Had productive multilateral and bilateral engagements at the SCO Summit. I thank the people and Government of Uzbekistan for their hospitality.”

Speaking at the SCO summit Friday, Modi said Indian economy is expected to grow by 7.5 per cent this year and thus will be the highest among the largest economies in the world. In his address in the Uzbek city of Samarkand, the prime minister also said India is progressing towards becoming a manufacturing hub. The second day of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit kicked off with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif and Russian President Vladimir Putin in attendance, among others.

 

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12:57 (IST)17 Sep 2022
Give each other full transit right, Modi tells SCO members in Pak PM presence

With Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif listening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Shanghai Cooperation Organisation member states Friday to “give each other full right to transit”. Addressing the SCO summit that included China President Xi Jinping and Russia President Vladimir Putin in the Uzbekistan city of Samarkand, Modi framed the “right to transit” in the context of connectivity and how it could help establish reliable and resilient supply chains in the region. Read more

11:24 (IST)17 Sep 2022
SCO plans single list of terrorist, separatist and extremist groups banned on territories of member states

In a bid to combat the security threat posed by militant groups, the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) plan to prepare a unified list of terrorist, separatist and extremist organisations whose activities are banned on their territories. In a joint declaration issued at the end of the annual summit of the eight-member bloc in the historic Uzbek city of Samarkand on Friday, the leaders of the SCO member states, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressed deep concern over the security threat posed by terrorism, separatism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations and strongly condemned terrorist acts around the world.

"The member states, while reaffirming a strong commitment to fight terrorism, separatism and extremism, resolve to continue to take active measures to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, cut off terrorist financing channels, suppress terrorist recruitment and cross-border movement, counter extremism, the radicalisation of youth, the spread of terrorist ideology, and eliminate sleeper cells and places used as terrorist safe havens," it said. (PTI)

11:08 (IST)17 Sep 2022
PM meets Iran President, reviews Chabahar Port progress

IN THEIR first in-person meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday discussed with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi bilateral ties, regional developments, including Afghanistan, and reviewed the progress in the development of Chabahar Port. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Samarkand.

“The two leaders reviewed the progress in the development of the Shahid Behesti terminal, Chabahar Port and underscored the importance of bilateral cooperation in the field of regional connectivity,” a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs said. Read more

10:36 (IST)17 Sep 2022
As Modi meets Xi at SCO, why the Chinese public is impressed by India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping are meeting for the first time in the post-Covid world, at the 22nd Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation at Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Given the military standoff between the two along the line of actual control in the Himalaya, their meeting would attract global attention.

At least one reason why this meeting could be happening is the visible change in Chinese public opinion about India, and especially Prime Minister Modi, in the wake of India’s principled stand on the Ukraine crisis. India’s assertion of an independent foreign policy has generated much discussion online in China. MS Prathibha writes

10:16 (IST)17 Sep 2022
India, China expressing concern about Ukraine war reflective of global worries, says Blinken

Indian and Chinese leaders expressing their concerns to the Russian President over the Ukraine war is reflective of the global worries about the effects of Moscow's aggression against the interests of people across the planet, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Uzbekistan pressed him to end the conflict in Ukraine soon, saying "today's era is not of war".

It was the first in-person meeting between the two leaders after the Ukraine conflict began in February. Modi also underlined the importance of "democracy, dialogue and diplomacy" while calling for an early cessation of hostilities in Ukraine. The Ukraine issue was also figured out during Putin's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Putin has told Xi Jinping that he understands China's “questions and concerns” about the war in Ukraine. (PTI)

09:29 (IST)17 Sep 2022
‘A stunning public rebuke’: US media praises PM Modi’s comments to Putin on Ukraine war

The mainstream American media on Friday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for telling Russian President Vladimir Putin that this is not the time for war in Ukraine. The Modi-Putin conversation in Samarkand was widely carried by the mainstream American media.

“Modi rebukes Putin over war in Ukraine,” The Washington Post reported in a headline. “In a stunning public rebuke, Modi told Putin: “Today’s era is not an era of war, and I have spoken to you on the phone about this,” the daily reported.

09:03 (IST)17 Sep 2022
SCO summit: On Ukraine, India has been invoking UN Charter but no mention in joint declaration

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit ended Friday without a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping though they did stand next to each other as leaders of the grouping posed for photographs.

Delhi signed off on the Samarkand declaration of the SCO summit which omitted reference to the “UN Charter” while underlining “mutual respect for sovereignty” and “territorial integrity of States”. Unlike last year’s SCO declaration in Dushanbe which had called for adhering to the “goals and objectives of the UN Charter”, there was no such mention this time. Read more

08:42 (IST)17 Sep 2022
Give each other full transit right, Modi tells SCO members in Pak PM presence

With Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif listening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Shanghai Cooperation Organisation member states Friday to “give each other full right to transit”. Addressing the SCO summit that included China President Xi Jinping and Russia President Vladimir Putin in the Uzbekistan city of Samarkand, Modi framed the “right to transit” in the context of connectivity and how it could help establish reliable and resilient supply chains in the region. Read more

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08:31 (IST)17 Sep 2022
PM Modi reaches Delhi after attending SCO Summit, says ‘had productive multilateral and bilateral engagements’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday arrived in New Delhi, after attending the 22nd Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand. Modi tweeted, “Had productive multilateral and bilateral engagements at the SCO Summit. I thank the people and Government of Uzbekistan for their hospitality.”

22:26 (IST)16 Sep 2022
With a grin, Putin warns Ukraine: the war can get more serious

President Vladimir Putin on Friday brushed off a lightning Ukrainian counter-offensive with a smile but warned that Russia would respond more forcefully if its troops were put under further pressure. Speaking after a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in the Uzbek city of Samarkand, Putin cast the invasion as a necessary step to prevent what he said was a Western plot to break Russia apart. --Reuters

22:07 (IST)16 Sep 2022
President Putin bats for visa-free travel with India

Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday advocated for visa-free travel between India and Russia while speaking with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the Uzbek city of Samarkand. Amid the ongoing warfare between Russia and Ukraine, Modi told Putin that it is not an era of war, news agency PTI reported.

20:59 (IST)16 Sep 2022
Xi cautions SCO states against 'colour revolutions'

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday asked SCO member states to guard against "colour revolutions" instigated by "external forces" and asked them to maintain strategic independence and safeguard regional stability, in a veiled attack on the US as it expands its influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Addressing the 22nd SCO summit here in the historic Uzbek city, Xi also announced plans to establish a centre in China to train counter-terrorism personnel by the grouping and mooted a development bank to speed up regional economic integration.

Xi congratulated India for taking over the rotating Presidency of the Beijing-based eight-member regional grouping. --PTI

19:37 (IST)16 Sep 2022
Modi and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev hold a meeting in Samarkand

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev hold a meeting in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on the sidelines of the SCO Summit.

18:45 (IST)16 Sep 2022
India takes over SCO rotating presidency

Uzbekistan on Friday handed over the rotating presidency of the eight-member SCO to India. Taking to Twitter, Uzbek Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov wrote: “As a result #SCOSamarkandSummit, India will host next SCO summit as a chairman of Organisation in 2023. We will do our best to assist India, our strategic partner, in the implementation of this responsible mission.”

18:43 (IST)16 Sep 2022
It's not an era of war, PM Modi tells Russian President Vladimir Putin

Referring to the ongoing warfare between Russia and Ukraine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand, told Russian President Vladimir Putin that it is not an era of war, news agency PTI reported. It is the first meeting between the two leaders since the Russia-Ukraine conflict broke out in February this year. Though India has not yet criticised Russia for its Ukraine invasion, it has been advocating for resolution of the crisis through dialogue. It is learnt that the two leaders, who held talks on the sidelines of the annual summit, discussed bilateral, regional and global issues.

16:36 (IST)16 Sep 2022
PM Modi meets Turkish President, discusses ways to deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse sectors

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Summit in the historic Uzbek city of Samarkand during which they discussed ways to deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse sectors.The two leaders are in Samarkand to attend the SCO summit. "PM @narendramodi held talks with President @RTErdogan on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Samarkand. The two leaders discussed ways to deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse sectors," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.Over the years, it has emerged as one of the largest trans-regional international organisations. India and Pakistan became its permanent members in 2017.

14:30 (IST)16 Sep 2022
SCO can play a big role in marking 2023 as International Year of Millets, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he highlighted India's efforts to popularise millets and tackle food security challenges. The PM said that he also emphasised the role SCO can play in the post-Covid era.

"At the SCO Summit, also emphasised on tackling the challenge of food security. In this context, also talked about India's efforts to further popularise millets. SCO can play a big role in marking 2023 as International Year of Millets," the PM said in a tweet. 

14:07 (IST)16 Sep 2022
At SCO summit, PM Modi raises issue of transit rights in presence of his Pakistan counterpart

Participating at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the SCO member countries should grant rights to transit and improve connectivity. Modi’s reference was clearly to Pakistan, whose Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was present at the SCO leaders’ session.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. (AP/PTI Photo)

The Prime Minister also flagged the impact on global supply chains due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the energy and food security issues.

Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed support for India, which is going to assume the Presidency of the SCO and will host the summit next year. (Read more)

13:34 (IST)16 Sep 2022
India will take an initiative for a new SCO working group on traditional medicines, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at the summit Friday, said that India will take an initiative for a new SCO working group on traditional medicines. 

13:23 (IST)16 Sep 2022
Over 70,000 start-ups in India today, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at the summit Friday, said there are over 70,000 start-ups in India. 

'We are focussing on a people-centric development model. We are supporting innovation in every sector. Today there are more than 70,000 start-ups and over 100 unicorns in our country,' he said. 

He added: "India’s economy is expected to grow at the rate of 7.5% this year. I'm glad that ours is one of the fastest growing economies among the largest economies of the world."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and other dignitaries during a meeting on the sidelines of SCO Summit, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. (PTI Photo)

 

With Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif listening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Shanghai Cooperation Organisation member states Friday to “give each other full right to transit”. Addressing the SCO summit that included China President Xi Jinping and Russia President Vladimir Putin in the Uzbekistan city of Samarkand, Modi framed the “right to transit” in the context of connectivity and how it could help establish reliable and resilient supply chains in the region. Lack of transit across Pakistan’s territory has been a challenge for India to access Central Asian markets, and Delhi has flagged this concern several times in the past.

READ | Give each other full transit right, Modi tells SCO members in Pak PM presence

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit ended Friday without a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping though they did stand next to each other as leaders of the grouping posed for photographs. Delhi signed off on the Samarkand declaration of the SCO summit which omitted reference to the “UN Charter” while underlining “mutual respect for sovereignty” and “territorial integrity of States”. Unlike last year’s SCO declaration in Dushanbe which had called for adhering to the “goals and objectives of the UN Charter”, there was no such mention this time.

READ | SCO summit: On Ukraine, India has been invoking UN Charter but no mention in joint declaration

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