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Connectivity with neighbourhood and in SCO region India's priority: PM Modi

Pakistan       by Nozair Hanif Mirza | Published Pakistan by Nozair Hanif Mirza | Published
Lisa Bryan | 10 June, 2018, 08:15

He said that Pakistan supported the Chinese chairmanship of SCO and appreciated the various initiatives proposed by China in the organisation during the last one year.

The SCO meeting comes after President Donald Trump controversially pulled Washington out of the 2015 global pact with Iran that placed limits on its nuclear program in return for easing economic sanctions. President Xi said that it was a very successful summit and the discussions with agenda in a relaxed setting had allowed both leaders to discuss a number of issues. India, along with Pakistan had become a full-time member during Astana summit in June 2017.

Russia, Iran and other allies confronting rising tensions with the United States over trade and Washington's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal will be in attendance.

As G7 leaders struggled to form a cohesive strategy in Canada on Saturday, China opened up a regional security summit with boasts of unity within the organization. It has eight permanent members and four observers, including Iran.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will open late Saturday a two-day regional security summit attended by Russia, Iran and other allies confronting rising tensions with the USA over trade and Washington's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal.

The ties between the two neighbouring nuclear powers had nosedived following last year's Doklam standoff as well as due to a number of other issues issues including China blocking India's move to get Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar banned by the United Nations and its opposition to India's bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group membership.

Rouhani, speaking at a summit of the Chinese and Russian-led security bloc the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the port city of Qingdao, said that Russia's role in implementing the nuclear deal had been "important and constructive".


The 2015 nuclear deal lifted that barrier.

"I want to express my gratitude for your position on Iran's accession to this organization as a full-fledged member", Rouhani said.

The tensions over Iran come as another nuclear issue dominates headlines, with Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un preparing for an unprecedented summit in Singapore.

The declaration will hold details of the significant mechanism for resisting the global terror activities.

India enjoys deep friendship and multi-dimensional ties with the Member States of the SCO. This will be India's first participation in the summit as a full-time member of the organisation.

Sharing some aspects of the almost 50-minute meeting, the foreign secretary said Xi described the Wuhan summit as a "new starting point" in bilateral relations between the two countries while prime minister called it as a "milestone" in ties which will help in developing mutual understanding and trust.

The summit will boost cooperation on combating terrorism, drug trafficking, organized cross-border crimes and cybersecurity, he said.

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