PM leaves for SCO summit in Tashkent

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (June 23) left for Tashkent where he will attend the SCO Summit and meet some world leaders like the Chinese President with whom the NSG issue will figure prominently in the talks. In the two-day summit, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will kick off the process of India’s accession to the grouping as a full-fledged member along with Pakistan. Prior to his departure, the Prime Minister said India looks forward to fruitful outcome from its engagement at the SCO Summit. “India is glad to be a member of the SCO & looks forward to fruitful outcomes particularly in the field of economic cooperation through SCO,” he had said. “A short visit to the heart of Asia. PM @narendramodi departs for Uzbekistan to attend the SCO Summit,” tweeted External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup. Modi had said that India attaches great importance to ties with Central Asia and always seeks to expand economic and people-to-people ties with the region. The Prime Minister will also have a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping today on the sidelines of the Summit during which he is expected to seek China’s support for India’s bid for NSG membership, which Beijing is opposed to.

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