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PM Modi addresses SCO summit, says coordinated efforts needed to combat terror

09 Juin 2017

Officials have practically ruled out a bilateral meeting between the Indian and the Pakistani Prime Ministers, with the Ministry saying a meeting had "not been sought by either side". India abstained from the Summit to highlight its concerns over the Dollars 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor which is part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the pet project of Xi, and passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

""(China and India) should strengthen multilateral communication and consultation, and appropriately control and manage differences and sensitive issues", Xi said, according to the post.

"They also discussed cooperation in the field of connectivity to Iran".

The SCO heads in 2015 chose to give Pakistan the status of a full member during a meeting at Ufa in Russian Federation.

This was stated by Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif while delivering his speech here at SCO Summit in Astana on Friday. The reason for skipping the important meeting was reported to be the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor that ran through the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Sharif also claimed that the OBOR project is for the benefit of all.

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China has also been upset with India for hosting the Dalai Lama and allowing the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit Arunachal Pradesh, large parts of which Beijing considers as part of southern Tibet.

Reflecting its opposition, India had boycotted the BRI Forum in Beijing.

Earlier in the day, Modi met Xi on the sidelines of the Summit and underscored the need to respect each other's "core concerns" and appropriately handle the disputes.

India is also likely to deepen its security-related cooperation with the SCO and its regional Anti-Terrorism Straructure dealing with security and defence.

"We [Pakistan] realise that we have a lot to learn from the wisdom of the founding members as we orient our foreign policy in a changing worldwide environment", said Sharif.

Sources said the meeting had been agreed upon in principle, and a "time was being coordinated".