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PM Modi leaves for Qingdao to attend SCO summit

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June 09, 2018 09:27


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday morning departed for China's Qingdao to attend the two-day long 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit meeting. 

On Friday, the prime minister posted a message regarding the summit on his official Facebook account.  

"The SCO has a rich agenda for cooperation, ranging from fighting terrorism, separatism and extremism to promoting cooperation in connectivity, commerce, customs, law, health and agriculture; protecting the environment and mitigating disaster risk, and fostering people-to-people relations," Prime Minister Modi said. 

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

This will be India's first participation in the summit as a full-time member of the organisation. India, along with Pakistan, became the full-time member during Astana summit in June 2017. 

Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping apart from holding meetings with various other participating leaders.

To know more about the SCO summit and the issues facing India, read Srikanth Kondapalli's article here, and Sana Hashmi's article here.

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