Issues concerning effective ways to deal with growing challenges of terrorism as well as extremism and boosting trade will be the key focus at this year’s annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The meet, slated to be held in Qingdao on June 9-10, will be attended by a host of world leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to reports, New Delhi’s efforts will be to put its concerns over cross border terrorism in the outcome document.
India has been raising the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in various multilateral forums with an aim to build pressure on Islamabad to dismantle the terror infrastructure operating from that country.
Sources said ahead of the summit, officials of the SCO member countries are holding hectic parleys to finalise the Qingdao declaration. India’s National Coordinator of the SCO Madhumita Hazarika Bhagat is currently in Beijing, taking part in the discussions.
“Cooperation to combat terrorism, extremism and separatism apart from strengthening trade ties will be among the agreements likely to be inked during the summit of the eight-member grouping at Qingdao,” SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov said.
About six to seven main agreements were expected to be signed at the summit. There will be a dozen documents which will be the product of the summit. Russian President Vladimir Putin is also expected to attend the summit.
Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale said “The summit will also ensure that the world will be governed by rules-based international order in all spheres. There will be more openness and transparency in various initiatives taken by countries in multilateral activities”.
India’s inclusion at the SCO has further consolidated the group’s standing in the world, he said.
As per the sources, Prime Minister Modi is expected to have around half a dozen bilateral meetings with leaders of the Central Asian countries, including a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The meeting will take place weeks after the two leaders held an informal summit in Wuhan during which they exchanged views on solidifying the relationship between the two Asian powers.
The sources said Modi and Xi are expected to take stock of implementation of decisions taken at the informal summit. Modi had last month met Russian President Putin in an informal summit in Sochi.
The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the Presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan became its members last year.
(With inputs from PTI)