New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrives in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital for a two-day visit where he will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit meeting.
Modi is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev later on Thursday.
“I will travel to Astana, Kazakhstan for two days on 8-9 June for the Summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO),” PM Modi wrote on the Facebook post.
At this meeting, on completion of the process, India will become a full Member of the SCO upon which SCO will represent over 40% of humanity and nearly 20% of global GDP, he added.
PM Modi is also scheduled to attend the inauguration of the Astana Expo on June 9 which is themed on’Future Energy’ this year.
There is also a possibility of a bilateral meeting between PM Modi and Chinese President, at SCO Astana, but nothing is confirmed as of now, said MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay while addressing a press conference on Wednesday.
The two leaders are scheduled to meet amid growing differences between India and China over a host of issues including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and NSG.
On India’s SCO membership, MEA said, “Trade, connectivity, energy, banking and fight against terrorism are the main areas of cooperation.”
While talking about the possibility of meeting between Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the summit, Baglay said, “Like External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj said, there is no meet scheduled as of now between PM Modi and PM Sharif.”
The 17th Meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council (HoSC) would take place on June 8-9 in Astana, Kazakhstan.