India and Pakistan join SCO

India and Pakistan join SCO
India and Pakistan join SCO
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10 June, 2017

Nawaz Sharif convened a meeting with President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani and Secretary General of United Nations Organisation (UNO), António Guterres, and shook hands with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Friday under auspices of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

For his part, Modi thanked Xi for China's support to India in joining the SCO, and said the two countries should respect each other's core interests.

Earlier, leaders of the largely symbolic body - including Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping - formally signed off on the sub-continent duo's accession at the annual SCO summit in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.

PM Modi highly appreciated the sacrifices made by the courageous Afghan people and assured President Ghani that 1.25 billion Indians stood by the friendly people of Afghanistan in resolutely and effectively addressing he challenge of terrorism imposed on that country.

BCIM is part of the China's multi-billion dollar Belt and Road initiative (BRI). He said the mega project will benefit the entire SCO countries. Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir were present at the meeting, Pakistan Today reported. It's understood that where India-China have differences they should not become disputes. "We will have to make coordinated efforts to counter the menace of terrorism".

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Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said the SCO would open new opportunities for cooperation among the member states after admission of Pakistan and others.

Pakistan has been an Observer with SCO since 2005 and applied for full membership of the organisation in 2010.

On Thursday, Nawaz Sharif met with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Beyond that, Pakistan will need clarity on what it is seeking to achieve in the SCO and must dedicate year-round resources to furthering those goals.

Faced with profound and complex changes of the global situation, China and India, as the world's two largest developing countries, should pay more attention to cooperation and go ahead with each other as partners, so as to instill more momentum into each other's development and contribute to world peace, stability and common development, said the Chinese president.


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