India admitted as full member of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

"Terrorism is a major threat to humanity", PM Modi said while addressing the annual SCO summit in Astana.

Chinese President Xi Jinping in his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held on the sidelines of the 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, on Friday called for closer cooperation between the two countries.

The Declaration on the Establishment of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was singed in China's Shanghai in June 2001 by six founding states - Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

"Pakistan is determined to implement the SCO charter", he said, adding that economics plays a key role in connecting countries and bringing stability.

Later today, the Prime Minister along with Serbian leader Aleksandar Vučić will also take part in the inauguration of Astana Expo 2017, a world class exhibition.

Xi also congratulated India on becoming an official member state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) security bloc, jointly led by Russian Federation and China.

In its first-ever expansion, the SCO will grant permanent membership to both India and Pakistan and may also induct Iran, reported PTI. Prime Minister thanked him for his support to India's accession to the SCO.

After the joint photo session, the SCO leaders gathered for a narrow-format meeting at the palace.

Also on Friday, Pakistan and India were granted full membership of the SCO. "Economy and foreign economic cooperation are very important for us".

President Nazarbayev received the Prime Minister warmly and recalled his earlier visit to Kazakhstan in 2015.

PM Modi and Sharif had on Thursday night exchanged pleasantries at a cultural gala in Astana, amid frosty bilateralties, deadlocked talks and escalation of hostilities along theLoC in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Heads of State Council is the highest decision-making body of SCO which meets annually. "Following the visit, we have already received two shipments of Uranium from Kazakhstan to India in the last two years", he said.

  • Leroy Wright