Modi meets Xi amidst differences over NSG bid, CPEC


PM Modi leaves for home after attending SCO summit: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday left for home after wrapping up his two-day visit to Kazakhstan where he attended the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and met some foreign leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The SCO had set the ball rolling to make India a member of the bloc during its summit in Ufa, Russia, in July, 2015, when administrative hurdles were cleared to grant membership to India and Pakistan. Amidst the ongoing India-Pakistan chill, Modi called for coordinated and strong efforts to fight terror and radicalisation, particularly recruitment, training and financing, giving a veiled message to Islamabad. "Their inclusion will present a major test to the present anti- terrorism mechanisms of the SCO", it said.

"For connectivity initiatives and for success and approval of the projects, sovereignty and regional integrity must be respected while inclusivity and sustainability are essential", Modi said.

The SCO members stand firmly against linking terrorism with any religion, and condemn all intolerant, discriminatory and violent activities against Christian, Islamic and other religious people, said the document.

"Terrorism is violation of human rights and basic human values".

India abstained from the summit to highlight its concerns over the United States dollars 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor which is part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and passes through Gilgit and Baltistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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Prime Minister Modi also held bilateral meetings with other leaders including Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

"(China and India) should strengthen multilateral communication and consultation, and appropriately control and manage differences and sensitive issues", Xi said, according to the post.

Prime Minister Modi said that India and China were ancient civilisations with a long-standing friendship.

Modi said on Friday marked a historic turn in the SCO's journey and India was ready for an active and positive participation in the grouping.

"What will it take to convince Pakistan that a stable Afghanistan helps them and helps our region?" he had said. The population of its member states is almost half the world's population.

"Finally, the inclusion of India and Pakistan into the SCO will examine the cohesiveness of the organisation.With the admission of more member states, problems began to be more visible", it said.