SCO meeting begins: President of Uzbekistan welcomes Modi, cooperation and trade to be discussed in the presence of Putin-Jinping
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Samarkand. This meeting will bring him face-to-face with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time since the start of the military standoff in Ladakh in 2020, which has been a cause of rising tensions between India and China.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting has started in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. In this meeting, discussions will be held on the reform and expansion of SCO, regional security, cooperation, strengthening connectivity, and promoting trade. After this, the documents related to the Samarkand meeting will be signed.
PM Modi reached Samarkand on the night of 15 September. Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi, and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev today. In the evening the PM will leave for New Delhi.
Suspense remains on PM Modi's meeting with Pakistan's PM Shahbaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to experts, if Prime Minister Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping and Shahbaz Sharif, then this meeting will be very important for Indian foreign policy. This will be the first meeting of Modi-Jinping after the deepening of the border dispute between India and China. At the same time, Modi will meet Shahbaz Sharif for the first time after the removal of Imran Khan in Pakistan.
In PM Modi's meeting with Putin, both the leaders will discuss important issues like the Russia-Ukraine war and food security. According to a statement issued by Russia, issues related to strategic stability, and the situation in the Asia-Pacific region will be discussed. Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra told that PM Modi can talk to Putin about the supply of cheap crude oil without any hindrance.