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PM Narendra Modi visits Uzbekistan to attend SCO summit

In this historic Uzbek city, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will hold its first in-person summit in two years on Friday. The summit will discuss important regional security challenges as well as topics like trade, investment, and energy supplies. PM Narendra Modi landed in Samarkand on Thursday evening to take part in the summit of the eight-nation SCO, which will also include participation from Prime Ministers Shehbaz Sharif of Pakistan, Ebrahim Raisi of Iran, Xi Jinping of China, and other leaders from the Central Asian nations.

The SCO summit in Samarkand will consist of two sessions: a limited session reserved only for SCO member states, and an extended session likely to include observers and special invitees from the chair nation. In Samarkand, Uzbekistan, the SCO is having its first in-person summit, two years after the COVID-19 pandemic that precluded such high-level gatherings.

On the margins of the conference, Modi is also anticipated to meet privately with Putin, Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan, and Raisi of Iran.

“At the SCO Summit, I look forward to exchanging views on topical, regional and international issues, the expansion of SCO and further deepening of multifaceted and mutually beneficial cooperation within the Organisation,” Modi told at the pre departure statement. “Under the Uzbek chairship, a number of decisions for mutual cooperation are likely to be adopted in areas of trade, economy, culture and tourism,” he added. Modi stated that he was eager to see President Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan. “I fondly recall his visit to India in 2018. He also graced the Vibrant Gujarat Summit as Guest of Honour in 2019. In addition, I will hold bilateral meetings with some of the other leaders attending the summit,”  Narendra Modi said.

There has been no confirmation of his potential meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif and Chinese President Xi, despite a thawing of diplomatic relations with both nations. “We will keep you fully apprised when the Prime Minister’s schedule of bilateral meetings unfolds,” When asked if Modi and Xi would meet separately outside of the summit, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra responded in New Delhi on Thursday. Kwatra added that the Prime Minister’s attendance at the summit demonstrated the value India places on the SCO and its objectives. The meeting of the key eight-nation group is happening in the midst of escalating geopolitical unrest, which has been partly brought on by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and China’s assertive military behaviour in the Taiwan Strait. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which was established in June 2001, currently has eight full members, including its six founding nations: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. In 2017, Pakistan and India became full members.

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