PM Modi, Mantra for SCO,Security & Connectivity

The SCO summit concluded with the adoption of the Qingdao declaration. The declaration calls for implementing the three-year plan to combat terrorism, separatism and extremism. It also calls for implementation of the treaty on long-term good neighbourliness, friendship and co-operation.

All the heads of SCO countries held a restricted meeting before the summit.
Mr Modi will have bilateral meetings with Presidents of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan later in the day. Yesterday, Mr Modi met with the Chinese President after arriving in Qingdao on a 2-day visit.

Both sides signed two agreements, one on continuing to share Brahmaputra water data during the flood season and the other on exporting non-Basmati rice to China. The two countries also set a trade target of 100 billion dollars by 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that connectivity with the neighbourhood and in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation region is India’s priority as he stressed that his country was committed to extend full cooperation to a successful outcome of the summit.
He said, S stands for security of citizens, E for Economic Development for all, C for connecting the region, U – uniting the people, R – respect among nations and E – Environmental protection.

The Prime Minister also said, Afghanistan is an unfortunate example of the effects of terrorism.  Citing Afghanistan as an “unfortunate example” of effect of terrorism, Modi said he hoped the brave steps towards peace taken by President Ashraf Ghani will be respected by all in the region, apparently referring to a cease-fire announced by the Afghan leader for the Eid festival. His reference to ,the Taliban announced its first ceasefire in the war-torn country in nearly 17 years.
On Thursday, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani offered a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban for Eid.It is the first time since the 2001 US invasion that the Taliban militants have declared a ceasefire in Afghanistan.

Mr Modi said, that connectivity with their neighbourhood in the SCO region is India’s priority. He called for setting up a roadmap for the 25th anniversary of SCO in 2026.

The Prime Minister asserted that only six percent of foreign tourists in India are from SCO countries, which he said can be doubled easily by increasing awareness about the shared cultures.

“Increasing awareness of our shared cultures can help boost this number.We will organise a SCO food festival and a Buddhist festival in India,” he said.
“We have again reached a stage where physical and digital connectivity is changing the definition of geography. Therefore, connectivity with our neighbourhood and in the SCO region is our priority,” Modi said.
The SCO currently has eight member countries which represents around 42 per cent of the world’s population and 20 per cent of the global GDP.

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