SCO Summit: Modi Talks About Terrorism In Pak, China's Presence

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.

Asserting that the SCO expansion is taking place at an opportune time, Sharif said that Pakistan is diligently implementing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - a flagship of BRI.

Addressing the 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Kazakhstan capital Astana, Prime Minister Modi called upon member countries of the SCO to coordinate their efforts to fight the menace of terrorism which is plaguing the region.

He assured that China will contribute with an additional 10 million yuan ($1.47 million USD) to the SCO Secretariat in order to facilitate its work.

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Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Saturday said Pakistan would be soon at the center stage of massive trade activities as it gained the full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

We must continue the good tradition of solidarity and coordination, he stated. He said concerted efforts are required to find a solution to recruitment, training and financing of terrorists. "We want to deepen the focus on connectivity", he said.

The SCO was set up in 2001 with the goal to foster security and co-operation between the member nations.

In a rare snub to all-weather ally Pakistan, Chinese President Xi Jinping skipped a customary meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the SCO summit in Astana after the murder of two Chinese teachers in Balochistan. Noteworthy, India had boycotted the summit in Beijing last month. He also said that these mega projects will benefit the entire SCO community. India and Pakistan were admitted to the SCO group as observers in 2005 and began the administrative process of joining the organisation in 2015. During his address on Friday, PM Modi stressed that cooperation in connectivity projects between SCO members is a priority for India while taking states sovereignty and territorial integrity as the key factors.

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