Mamnoon Hussain, Xi discuss regional security, global issues in SCO summit

Mamnoon Hussain, Xi discuss regional security, global issues in SCO summit

Members of the Indian community with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his arrival at the Chinese port city of Qingdao on June 9, 2018.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will open late Saturday a two-day regional security summit attended by Russia, Iran and other allies confronting rising tensions with the U.S. over trade and Washington's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal.

Matters pertaining to bilateral relations between Pakistan and China came under discussion during the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of State meeting.

Modi and Xi are likely to take stock of progress in the implementation of the decisions they had taken at the Wuhan informal summit, official sources said.

Trade, investment and development cooperation issues will also feature prominently at the SCO, Murphy said, given the climate of "rising anti-globalisation and strains on global multilateral economic institutions", stoked by Trump's nationalist "America First" policy.

The meeting is taking place weeks after the two leaders held an informal summit in the central Chinese city of Wuhan during which they exchanged views on solidifying the relationship between the two Asian powers.

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"Further strengthening the positive momentum in the bilateral relationship generated at the Wuhan informal summit, PM Narendra Modi had a warm and forward looking meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit", Mr. Kumar tweeted.

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The two leaders reviewed the full range of bilateral ties, especially ways to boost economic and cultural links between the two countries.

Rouhani said that the United States exit from the nuclear agreement with Iran warrants an "important and serious discussion between our two countries".

China's appreciation of what Modi said was conveyed by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a meeting held on the sidelines of the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting in South Africa this week.

The SCO now has eight member countries which represents around 42 per cent of the world's population and 20 per cent of the global GDP.

After the deliberations, the member-countries, including Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, are expected to sign the Qingdao Declaration that will contain details for creating significant mechanisms to resist terror activities around the globe.

The security bloc will also likely mull over whether to allow Iran to ascend from its position as an SCO observer to become a full member state - a development it has sought since 2008 but has been unable to achieve while subject to United Nations sanctions.

The two sides also signed a protocol between the Chinese administration of Customs and Department of Agriculture on phytosanitry requirements that would enable all varieties of rice exports from India to China.

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