Zarif meets senior officials at SCO summit

"We will have to make coordinated efforts to counter the menace of terrorism", he said while adding that it was impossible to reach a solution till everybody made concerted efforts to control on radicalisation, terrorist recruitment, training and financing issues.

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

PM Modi's remarks assume significance as they came weeks after India boycotted the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing where 29 world leaders participated.

India recently stayed away from the summit on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the landmark $ 50 billion project of President Xi Jinping of China, as the China Pakistan Economic Corridor of the BRI passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the organization could play an important role in bringing peace in Afghanistan.

Both leaders agreed that India's entry to the SCO as a full member today would promote closer cooperation within the body, including on one of the main priorities of the organization- fighting terrorism.

Also on Friday, Pakistan and India were granted full membership of the SCO. Its two-day summit kicked off on Thursday in the Kazakh capital of Astana.

The regional pact was established in 2001 and comprises of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Diplomatic sources said it is highly unusual for the Chinese and Pakistani leaders to not meet at a summit, especially when a China-India bilateral meet takes place given Pakistan's usual sensitivities. He also pitched for "substantive progress" on the China-India-Bangladesh-Myanmar project which aims to increase connectivity between the four countries. Prime Minister thanked him for his support to India's accession to the SCO.

Narendra Modi met Chinese Xi Jinping on sidelines of the 17th SCO summit.

The chance meeting of Prime Minister Modi and PM Sharif comes amidst a highly-strained atmosphere between the two neighbouring nations following the death sentence awarded to former Indian Naval Officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.

  • Zachary Reyes