SCO Summit: India inducted into organisation, Narendra Modi meets Afghan President

India and Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Obligations to join the organisation in last year's summit in Tashkent

India and Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Obligations to join the organisation in last year's summit in Tashkent

The Prime Minister stressed on coordinated efforts to fight the menace of terrorism, including radicalisation, recruitment, training and financing of terrorists.

Prime minister's advisor Sartaj Aziz, minister for commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan and minister of state for petroleum Jam Kamal are also accompanying the Prime Minister. “We have extensive cooperation with SCO nations.

"As for the economic aspects, I am sure that we must focus on combining efforts, coordination of national strategies and multilateral projects throughout the Shanghai Cooperation Organization".

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A day before, Prime Minister Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and discussed bilateral relations where the latter pointed out that the global environment was undergoing profound and complex changes.

The remarks by the Prime Minister are assumed significant as recently India boycotted Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing where more than 29 world leaders were participants.

After Indian Prime Minister, it was Pak PM Nawaz Sharif who addressed the SCO Summit. However, it is to be hoped that the SCO will be a moderating factor on Pakistan, politically speaking. "Want to thank all members for their support", he said.

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The 17th SCO summit was held in Kazakhstan capital Astana and at its conclusion, the participating leaders called for putting up a united fight against terrorism.

Modi hailed India's accession as a "landmark moment in the journey of the SCO" and pledged India would play a "constructive and active role" in the organisation. Xi's snub comes after deep disappointment and grief felt in China over the killings, after two Chinese teachers were kidnapped in Quetta last month and were reportedly murdered by Islamic State terrorists. Pakistan became a full member of the SCO.

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