Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit to be held in the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao this weekend.
The meeting will provide an opportunity to the two leaders to review progress in bilateral ties since their informal summit in Wuhan when they agreed not to allow the differences between their two countries to become disputes.
Briefing the media here on Thursday, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the PM would also be holding bilateral meetings with other leaders attending the summit. However, the schedule of these meetings was being worked out.
It will be the first SCO summit since the organisation was expanded with the inclusion of India and Pakistan as its full members at the Astana summit in Kazakhstan in June 2017.
The SCO has undergone an extraordinary development process and become a comprehensive regional organisation with vast influence since its inception 17 years ago.
A declaration is expected to be adopted by member-states at the end of the summit. Certain other documents are also being finalised for adoption.
Leaders of the eight SCO member-states and the four observer states, as well as heads of international organisations will attend the summit to exchange views on combating terrorism and extremism, enhancing security and economic cooperation and improving global governance.
The SCO’s full members are China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia are observers at SCO meets.
In his address, Modi is expected to highlight India’s concern over cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan. New Delhi will also attempt to get its concerns over Pakistan-sponsored terrorism incorporated in the ‘Qingdao Declaration’.