Zarif meets senior officials at SCO summit
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 0:44
"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.
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).
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.
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.
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.