India & Pakistan to join SCO during landmark Astana summit

The summit in Astana will open a new history for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev said as he opened the meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council on 9 June, BelTA has learned.

This year's SCO summit holds special significance as India and Pakistan both will be formally inducted as SCO members.

"Pakistan endorses initiative of SCO to counter terrorism and believe that SCO platform provides opportunities to member nations to fight against terrorism and extremism".

India and Pakistan are expected to be granted full membership of the SCO at the summit in Astana making them the seventh and eighth members of the Eurasian bloc that includes China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

After the admission of India and Pakistan, it will now have eight members, with Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia being observer states.

The Indian side is grateful for Chinas support for Indias accession to the SCO and will work closely with China in the organisation, Modi said.

The Prime Minister also spoke on the need for enhancing connectivity in the region and said it was the key for boosting trade and investment.

On Thursday evening, Modi exchanged pleasantries with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at a reception amid escalating Indo-Pak tensions over a range of issues.

This was stated by Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif while delivering his speech here at SCO Summit in Astana on Friday.

"We attend the conference with the confidence that we would be able to change the world for the better", he said, adding that Pakistan is diligently implementing China Pakistan Economic corridor, which the benefit the SCO.

India will be putting itself in a more hard situation with the country joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) that also includes unfriendly neighbours China and Pakistan in a grouping of central Asian countries, including Russian Federation.

"(China and India) should strengthen multilateral communication and consultation, and appropriately control and manage differences and sensitive issues", Xi said, according to the post. He further said that Islamabad is not unfamiliar with the working of the SCO but, it has a lot to learn.

  • Jon Douglas