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Entry of India, Pakistan strengthens security cooperation of SCO: Chinese official

Entry of India, Pakistan strengthens security cooperation of SCO: Chinese official

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Qingdao on Saturday on a two-day visit primarily to attend the annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) which is likely to deliberate on several pressing global issues including future of Iran nuclear deal, the impact of USA sanctions on Russian Federation and situation in the Indo-Pacific region.

India and China have agreed to set up a mechanism to enhance people-to-people exchanges.

Following is the text of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi's departure statement prior to his visit to Qingdao in China.

Recalling that he and Prime Minister Modi successfully had an informal meeting and reached important consensus in Wuhan, President Xi said the meeting had been well received by both countries and the worldwide community, and a positive atmosphere is taking shape to pay close attention to and support the development of China-India relations. "He stated that it was a new starting point in our bilateral relationship".

On the bilateral relations, the two leaders highlighted that as all-weather strategic cooperative partners and close friends, Pakistan and China have always stood by each other and would continue to further strengthen this time-tested relationship.

He also said he would be holding multiple meetings with the heads of various SCO member states on the sidelines of the summit.

In his remarks, Xi recalled the meeting with Modi in Wuhan, how well it had been received, and said a positive atmosphere was taking shape to support China-India relations.

Though new and old contentious issues remain, there has been a turnaround in bilateral ties since the military standoff was resolved last August. Xi also called for inclusive development and sustainable security, saying they can be achieved by enhancing mutual trust and the foundations for shared peace and security.

In this context, Xi also referred to growing popularity of Indian films in China and particularly mentioned about films Dangal and Bahubali.

Luo said it was the 14th meeting between the two leaders over past four years. "One of the outcomes of today's meeting is that we have agreed we will move forward in identifying a specific project initially in the area of capacity building", Gokhale said. Within hours of his arrival the prime minister had talks with the organisation's Secretary General Rashid Alimov. The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The SCO Summit is scheduled to take place on Sunday, and counter-terrorism and security in the region are expected to dominate the discussions. I believe that the Qingdao Summit will further enrich the SCO agenda, while heralding a new beginning for India's engagement with the SCO. Putin arrived on June 8 for a state visit to China and will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Leaders Summit in the eastern port city of Qingdao on June 9-10.


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