PM Modi Leaves For Kazakhstan To Attend SCO Summit

PM Modi Leaves For Kazakhstan To Attend SCO Summit

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday left for Kazakhstan where he will attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and meet some foreign leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping.

At the summit in Astana, India and Pakistan will become the full members of the grouping, which at present comprises China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will also be attending the summit but the Indian government has ruled out any bilateral meeting between him and Modi in view of the tensions between the two countries.

Ahead of his two-day visit, Modi said he looked forward to deepening engagement with the SCO countries.

“I look forward to deepening India’s association with the SCO which will help us in economic, connectivity and counter- terrorism cooperation, among other things,” he said in his pre-departure statement on Wednesday.