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Friday, June 9, 2017

Modi Meets Sharif in Astana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif face confrontation at the welcome ceremony of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) conference in Kazakhstan. The two leaders greeted each other. Modi asked for Sharif and his mother's health. Sharif has recently undergone heart operation.

Although there is still speculation on the meeting of the leaders of both the leaders on Friday, but the goodwill gesture shown between the two leaders may pave the way for a meeting, the sources said.

 There is a tension between the two countries regarding the destruction of the body of Indian soldiers on the Line of Control, issues like execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav and hanging. Before leaving for the reception, Sharif was questioned whether he would meet Modi. On this he just smiled and waved his hands towards the media gallery. Sharif's Advisor Sartaj Aziz did not answer the question. India's Foreign Ministry spokesman Gopal Bagale also said that neither the request has been made on behalf of Pakistan nor has any such proposal been made by India.

India's stand on terrorism

India will insist on the issue of terrorism in the conference on SCO that will be able to circumvent countries with double standard on terrorism. Pak and China have shown double standards on the issue of terrorism. During his address at the conference, Modi will call for cooperation on the issue of terrorism. He called on Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Thursday and discussed ways to expand bilateral relationship.
Indian artists joined the celebrations
The conference started with an excellent concert in the evening. First of all, the presentation of Indian classical dance Kathak was done. Eight dancers from Bengaluru presented the dedication of Mahaganapatnam dedicated to Lord Ganesh.

Important Asian countries for India

India will strengthen defense-security cooperation with the regional anti-terrorism framework (SCR) of SCO. By joining this China-dominated organization, India's importance will grow in Asia and agreement will be easier in different areas of business including energy. Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are also members of the organization. These Central Asian countries have abundant reserves of oil and natural gas and India is a big consumer of these.

How SCO is important for Indo-Pak?

Additional population of 1.45 billion will be added to the organization
20% of the world's GDP will be in the scope of SCO
India-Pak decision in July 2015
India is a Supervisor in Shanghai Cooperation Organization since 2005

Organization is expanding for the first time since 2001

                                                                                 ---Ashish Jha

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