Pakistan to become center stage of trade activities after SCO membership: Sartaj

The new of the murders came out before the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) Astana summit and triggered deep disappointment and grief among the Chinese public.

Since India is now a member of the SCO, it would be able to express its views and get its concerns reflected on the outcome documents of all future meetings and summits of the organisation, sources clarified.

"Now, our task is to help the new partners to integrate into the extensive work ongoing within the SCO", Putin added.

The "all weather friendship" between China and Pakistan suffered a setback on Friday as Chinese president Xi Jinping decided not to meet Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Astana.

The Prime Minister also spoke on the need for enhancing connectivity in the region and said it was the key to boosting trade and investment. The fight against terrorism is an important part of the SCO cooperation, he said.

The 17th SCO summit was held in Kazakhstan capital Astana and at its conclusion, the participating leaders called for putting up a united fight against terrorism.

"The Chinese side attaches great importance to this relationship with India, and will work together with India to complement each other's major development strategies and stay in close communication and coordinate with each other on major regional and global affairs and maintain sound and steady growth of the bilateral relationship", Hua said. Prime Minister thanked him for his support to India's accession to the SCO.

Earlier, a welcoming ceremony was held here in which Prime MinisterMuhammad Nawaz Sharif was warmly received by Kazakh president in the powerful Eurasian body.

The regional pact comprises of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing that both the countries "should also address sensitive and major issues" as she highlighted the issues figured in the meeting. Modi said today was a historic turn in the SCO's journey and India was ready for an active and positive participation in the grouping.

  • Salvatore Jensen