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SCO summit opens with grand banquet and fireworks display

The Prime minister will put forth India’s Regional and global interests at the multi lateral forum. India is looking forward to contribute towards a successful outcome from the Summit. Here’s what to expect from the annual meet of Council of Heads of States of SCO.

President Xi Jinping throwing open the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Qingdao. He hailed it as a platform that focuses on security, common development and global governance. This ties in with Prime Minister Modi’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ that now encompasses India’s foriegn policy. The colour and the grandeur of the opening ceremony is one that will be remembered Qingdao awash in brilliant colours.

SCO underlines security issues of the region specially on counter terorism cooperation. Under the RATS (regional anti terror structure) periodic counter terror exercises take place between the member states. The summit will also take up issues like improving  global governance and consolidating multilateral plans to Enhance development strategies of the member states, particularly in economic cooperation.

And at the Summit on Sunday, Prime Minister Modi is likely to pitch for concerted regional and global action against terror networks and favour effective connectivity links to boost trade.

On the eve of SCO Summit, Secretary General, of the Organisation Rashid Alimov called on the PM Narendra Modi. He said that India is contributing greatly to the organisation since it became a full member last year. A yoga enthusiast, he said that International Day of Yoga will be celebrated at SCO Headquarters in Beijing on 16th June.

The SCO is an inter governmental organisation founded in 2001 comprising Kazakhistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China and new members India and Pakistan. The new members were inducted in last year’s Astana summit.

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