Chinese President Calls for Solidarity, Cooperation with SCO Members

Both India and Pakistan were on Friday admitted as SCO members. All members described India's accession to SCO as historic and said it would strengthen security and promote regional cooperation among member countries. He said Pakistan had been participating in the SCO as an observer member since 2005 but the status of full membership came at the significant time because of the political scenario around the world.

Since India is now a member of the SCO, it would be able to express its views and get its concerns reflected on the outcome documents of all future meetings and summits of the organisation, sources clarified.

Putin also said that the decision to start the process of India's and Pakistan's admission to the SCO had been made during the 2015 summit in Ufa under Russia's presidency in the organisation, and stressed that these countries had fulfilled all requirements to enter the SCO in less than two years.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Saturday arrived in Pakistan after concluding his two-day official visit to Astana, Kazakhstan.

"Whether it is the issue of radicalisation, recruitment of terrorists, their training and financing unless we take coordinated and strong efforts, it is impossible to find a solution", PM Modi said in the presence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit. The fight against terrorism is an important part of the SCO cooperation, he said. Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir were also present at the meeting.

During their meeting on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing last month, the two leaders reached an important consensus on maintaining a high-level China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and enhancing all-round cooperation, according to the Chinese president. Sartaj said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and Karakorum Highway would serve the main linkage between the land locked central Asian countries and the rest of the world. The killing of the Chinese citizens vindicated the issues of terrorism raised by Modi in his speech at the SCO.