India becomes member of SCO: Highlights of PM Modi's Kazakhstan visit

The SCO comprises of China Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Russia Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as full members

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Astana on Friday on the sidelines of the SCO summit, seen as an effort to fix ties hit by growing differences between the two countries over a host of issues including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and NSG.

It has six observer states, namely Iran, Afghanistan, Belarus, Mongolia, India and Pakistan. The Kazakh leader wished him success in his work and in joint SCO activities.

"Accession of the new members will kick start the development of the organization and enable it to earn greater worldwide standing", the Head of State said.

The heads of state are expected to sign the Astana Declaration that will include 11 documents and a statement against terrorism. On the margins of the Astana SCO Summit, PM Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping and held talks, while on Thursday PM Modi had exchanged pleasantries with Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

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The meeting comes amid growing differences between the two countries over a host of issues, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and India's Nuclear Suppliers Group membership bid. SCO membership would help Pakistan for its regional connectivity. He said SCO will also help Pakistan improve its relations with Central Asian States. This was the first time that they have spoken in a year.

On the other hand, Beijing is angry at India's increasingly public engagement of the Dalai Lama, including hosting the Tibetan spiritual leader in a territory controlled by India but claimed by China in April.

It may be mentioned that the 17th SCO summit will end with the signing of eleven documents, including the Astana Declaration, the Convention on Combating Extremism and a joint statement on countermeasures against global terrorism.

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