‘India keen to participate in SCO’s activities’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jun 2018 09:16:38



 

QINGDAO, 

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India looks forward to enriching the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation with its active participation and working closely with other members of the bloc, as he met the Secretary General of the grouping Rashid Alimov here. The meeting with Alimovcame hours after Modi landed in this picturesque coastal city of east China’s Shandong province to attend the 18th summit of the SCO. “This SCO Summit is special as this is India’s first Summit as a full member. My talks with SCO Secretary-General, Rashid Alimov were extremely productive,” Modi tweeted.

“India looks forward to enriching the SCO with itsa ctive participation and working closely with other members,” he said ahead of the opening of the two-day SCO summit. The SCO Secretary General said that India is contributing greatly to the organisation since it became a full member of SCO in 2017,External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

Alimovconveyed to Modi that the International Day of Yoga would be celebrated at the SCO Headquarters in Beijing on June 16. It is for the first time the Indian Prime Minister will be attending the SCO summit after India along with Pakistan became full-fledged members of the grouping last year.

Modi meets Uzbekistan President at SCO summit

QINGDAO,

 

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the sidelines of the SCO Summit here and the two leaders reviewedbilateralties, especially ways to boost economic and cultural links. “Wonderful to meet Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Uzbekistan. Ties between our nations have their roots in history,” Modi said in a tweet.

“We reviewed the full range of the India-Uzbekistan friendship, especially ways to boost economic and cultural cooperation,” he said. It is for the first time that an Indian Prime Minister is attending the SCO summit after India along with Pakistan became a fullfledged member of the grouping,jointly dominated by China and Russia, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to NATO.

“Narendra Modi met Shavkat Mirziyoyev President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the sidelines of SCO Summit. The two leaders exchanged viewsona range of topics tofurther strengthen our strategic partnership,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.