China's Xi tells India's Modi issues should be managed 'appropriately'

by Garry Watts June 10, 2017, 7:04
China's Xi tells India's Modi issues should be managed 'appropriately'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed SCO summit in Kazakhstan's Astana, where he pitched for coordinated efforts to counter the menace of terrorism.

On Friday Pakistan became a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, in what appears to be a considerable victory in times of diplomatic turmoil.

PM Modi spoke on the need for enhancing connectivity in the region, adding it was key to boosting trade and investment.

He emphasized that since then the SCO has gained global recognition and become the effective platform of multifaceted cooperation. "Some Indian media should free itself from outdated views, and embrace new patterns of regional cooperation", it said.

Modi arrived in Kazakhstan capital on Thursday to attend the SCO summit where India will be formally admitted as a full-time member of the security bloc.

"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 added. "Want to thank all members for their support", he said.

Modi also applauded Kazakhstan for choosing "Future Energy" as the theme for this year's SCO Summit.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged SCO member states to leave behind the legacy of peace and amity and not the toxic harvest of conflict and animosity.

-Among other issues, China's opposition to India's NSG membership, renaming of 6 locations in Arunachal Pradesh and the "artificial controversy" created by Beijing over Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh will also be discussed. He also congratulated India, which will also be inducted as a full member with Pakistan.

"We spoke about India-China relations and how to further improve ties", Modi tweeted after his meeting with Xi, who is also the general secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China. Xi also talked about upcoming Yoga Day celebrations in China.

Particularly alarming are attempts by IS-affiliated groups to infiltrate SCO countries from inside Afghanistan, he leader said.

Modi said there is a lot of potential in expanding ties between the countries.

The decision to grant Pakistan membership was made by the SCO Heads of States in a meeting held in Ufa, Russia, in 2015, Dawn News reported.


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