Prime Minister Modi arrives in Delhi after Kazakhstan's

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif during Mr Modi’s unannounced visit to Lahore in December 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif during Mr Modi’s unannounced visit to Lahore in December 2015
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10 June, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this while addressing the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kazakhstan's Astana.

The state-run Chinese media today expressed fears of tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir presenting largest challenge to Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and its anti-terrorism mechanism.

With Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz listening to his speech, Modi said: "Terrorism is one of the biggest violators of human rights and values".

He emphasized that since then the SCO has gained worldwide recognition and become the effective platform of multifaceted cooperation.

-The resource-rich grouping of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation collaborates on trade, economy, connectivity, energy, transport and banking.

It is tempting to see India's SCO membership as out of character, given India's traditional hostility to Pakistan and Modi's general inclination to balance against China rather than accommodate it.

It is the first meeting between the two leaders after India boycotted the high-profile Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing last month in which 29 world leaders took part.

"SCO membership is prestigious and special for Pakistan and Islamabad considers this as a very important development as it provides of important economic and strategic linkages".

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PM Modi said that connectivity with SCO countries is a great priority for India.

Many experts believe the SCO summit will be a platform for Chinese President Xi Jinping to further push China's ambitious One Belt One Road project which India has opposed citing sovereignty issues.

The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic, and military organization founded by China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in 2001 to curb extremism in the region and enhance border security.

The Prime Minister welcomed the proposal of the Chinese President Xi Jinping on the need of a long term treaty of good neighborliness for the next five years.

Modi said SCO would help in bringing peace to war-torn Afghanistan.

The prime minister began his address at the SCO Summit by congratulating President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan for successful leadership and excellent organization of the SCO Summit.

China had also stalled India's move to list Masood Azhar, chief of Pakistani terror outfit Jaish e Mohamad (JeM) as a global terrorist by the UN.


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