India and Pakistan incorporated into SCO

China and Russia should strengthen communication and promote the role of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to enhance its influence in the global and regional affairs, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday while meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Prime Minister Modi and Xi are here in the Kazakh capital to attend the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed SCO summit in Kazakhstan's Astana, where he pitched for coordinated efforts to counter the menace of terrorism.

Amid tensions in Sino-India ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the need to respect each other's "core concerns" and appropriately handle the disputes in his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The fundamental interests of the SCO members point to the need to deepen their cooperation in a format larger than eight countries, Nazarbayev said, adding that it was only through joint efforts that significant strides can be made in achieving the grouping's objectives.

But Putin saw the signs of unity in the SCO and the BRICS-Brazil, India, South Africa, China and Russia-which agreed to coordinate efforts to keep their economies stable, launched a development bank and agreed on a currency pool.

Both India and Pakistan were on Friday granted full membership of the Eurasian bloc which also includes China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

India, one of the largest energy consuming countries in the world, is also likely to get greater access to major gas and oil exploration projects in Central Asia as numerous SCO countries have huge reserves of oil and natural gas.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whose country is partnering China, hailed the project.

India and Pakistan now have a new space to work out their differences, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the historic gathering inaugurated yesterday.

An Indian foreign ministry official said that as it was the first contact between the leaders since Sharif underwent surgery, Modi enquired about the Pakistani leader's health. "And also a sense that wherever we have concerns, each side will look at it with a degree of seriousness", Jaishankar said while briefing the media on the talks between the two leaders.

New Delhi opposes OBOR as one of its component, China Pakistan Economic Corridor, infringes on the sovereignty of India since it passes through areas New Delhi accuses Islamabad of illegally occupying in Kashmir.

  • Leroy Wright