PM Modi will meet Putin at SCO summit, may also meet Chinese President C Jinping and Pak PM Shahbaz Sharif
SCO Summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Samarkand, the city of Uzbekistan on September 15-16 to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting. At this summit, PM Modi will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting. This meeting is to be held on 15 and 16 September in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Indian PM Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as top leaders of many other countries of the world will participate in this meeting to be named as SCO Summit. According to media reports, PM Modi is also likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif in this meeting.
Important issues like the Russia-Ukraine war and food security are likely to be discussed during the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the SCO summit. A news agency quoted sources in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs as saying that Modi has two bilateral meetings scheduled. First with Russian President Putin and second with host Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Both meetings will be on the sidelines of the SCO Summit.
India's Ambassador to Uzbekistan Manish Prabhat said that due to Kovid, the big leaders could not meet for two years. Therefore, this time important talks can be held at the SCO Summit regarding the business and trade of Central Asian countries. Here the war between Russia-Ukraine that started in February 2022 is still going on. The food crisis has deepened due to this war. Modi and the Uzbek President can take some concrete initiatives together with Putin on the issue of Ukraine.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif will also participate in the SCO summit. Officially, it is not yet clear whether Modi will hold talks with these two leaders. But in the media report, there is a possibility that Modi's meeting with these two leaders is also possible. On the other hand, Iran's President Ibrahim Raisi can also attend this summit.
The SCO is a permanent intergovernmental international organization. It is a Eurasian political, economic and military organization whose goal is to maintain peace, security and stability in the region. It was formed in the year 2001. Before the formation of the SCO in 2001, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan were members of the Shanghai Five.
The Shanghai Five was renamed SCO after Uzbekistan joined the organization in 2001. In 2017, India and Pakistan also became members of this organization. India will host the SCO summit next year i.e. in 2023.