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
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.