India hails Kazakhstan's role as 'number one' supplier of Uranium

Saturday, 10 Jun, 2017

Amid the risings tensions between India and Pakistan over border dispute, and repeated ceasefire violations; Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of SCO summit in Astana; as per Pakistan media reports.

Sharif further added that over last decades, Pakistan has developed a deep association with SCO as observer.

In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing that both the countries "should also address sensitive and major issues" as she highlighted the issues figured in the meeting.

The two countries will also participate in "joint military exercises" in a move toward counterterrorism cooperation, according to Al-Arabiya reports.

Nazarbayev said the SCO unites about 40 percent of the world's population.

According to the SCO secretary general the accession of India and Pakistan was preceded by lengthy preparations.

India says it can not accept a project that ignores its core concern on sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Today's brief meeting between the leaders is expected to ease the situation to settle the issues before they meet again for BRICS summit in September this year.

Hailing the SCO's efforts in the fight against terror, Modi expressed the hope that the eight-member Eurasian bloc will give a new direction and strength to this fight.

Beijing-backed Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) formalized on Friday the admission of India and Pakistan during the political and security grouping's summit in Astana, Kazakhstan. "India is having partnership with SCO countries in several aspects on energy, education, security, development partnership agriculture, minerals, capacity building, trade and investment are the main drivers".

The President reminded that Kazakhstan on the Astana process platform continues to make its feasible contribution to the negotiation process on the settlement of the Syrian crisis.

Diplomatic sources said combating terrorism will be discussed at length by the leaders apart from deliberating on boosting trade among member countries.

Modi said that the SCO will help in bringing peace in war-torn Afghanistan.

The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the Presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.