Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Mamnoon Hussain, Xi discuss regional security, global issues in SCO summit

Mamnoon Hussain, Xi discuss regional security, global issues in SCO summit

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks to his vehicle after walking out from the airplane upon his arrival at Qingdao Liuting International Airport in Qingdao, China´s Shandong province on June 8, 2018, where he is to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), 18th annual summit.

Describing the almost hour-long meeting as "substantial" and "forward looking", foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said both leaders made a very positive assessment of developments since they last met in the central city of Wuhan during April 28-29. "India will benefit from SCO counterterrorism mechanism and I think Pakistan will make some compromise, for not just India and Afghanistan, but for the whole region", he said.

It is for the first time that the Indian prime minister will be attending the SCO Summit after India along with Pakistan became full-fledged members of the grouping, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

About the SCO summit, officials said India will pitch for evolving effective ways to deal with the growing challenge of terrorism and enhancing security cooperation among SCO countries.

Asia Times anticipates this year's SCO meeting could be much more successful than the 17 previous outings because relations between Russian Federation and China have improved so dramatically.

Diplomats from several member countries said all these issues may figure at the summit as well as during deliberations on its sidelines.

PM Modi is scheduled to hold a bilateral summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping apart from holding meetings with various other participating leaders.

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The two leaders reviewed the full range of bilateral ties, especially ways to boost economic and cultural links between the two countries.

Regional security issues will also feature, because terrorism is the most severe security challenge facing the SCO, according to Liao Jinrong, head of the Chinese ministry of public security's global cooperation department. The leaders are also supposed to focus on the issues of global trade and counterterrorism.

Sources indicated that India's focus would be to include its concerns over cross border terrorism in the final outcome document of the summit.

PM Modi is expected to hold about six bilateral meetings with leaders of other SCO countries.

This is the second meeting between Modi and Xi this year and the 14th in the past four years.

The SCO Summit in Qingdao will formalise the entry of India and Pakistan as its newest members, joining China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

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