PM Narendra Modi addresses plenary session, joins SCO leaders for group photo


Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping apart from holding meetings with various other participating leaders.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to take a strong stand on fighting terrorism when he delivers India's first address to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders' summit on Sunday.

India said previous year that China had not stuck to an agreement to share hydrological data, or scientific information on the movement, distribution and quality of water for the Brahmaputra river.

India and China have agreed to set up a mechanism to enhance people-to-people exchanges.

Appreciating the Belt and Road Initiative and personal attention by President Xi Jinping to CPEC, President Mamnoon Hussain emphasized that as a flagship project, CPEC is a successful model of this initiative.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed the agreement as they began the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. "He stated that it was a new starting point in our bilateral relationship".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks to his auto after walking out from the airplane upon his arrival at Qingdao Liuting International Airport in Qingdao, China´s Shandong province on June 8, 2018, where he is to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), 18th annual summit.

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India and China on Saturday agreed on measures to build on the consensus achieved by their leaders during recent talks in Wuhan, including the next informal summit to be held in India in 2019 and steps to maintain peace along the disputed border. The Chinese president said the SCO now stands as a new model for worldwide cooperation. "Our talks will add further vigour to the India-China friendship", Modi tweeted after the meeting.

"There were some discussion on trade and investment related issues".

In this context, Xi also referred to growing popularity of Indian films in China and particularly mentioned about films Dangal and Bahubali. He held bilateral meetings with the Presidents of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

The meeting took place ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and covered key aspects of the bilateral engagement, reflecting the resolve by the two countries to reset relations and bring back trust in their ties which was hit by the Doka La standoff and several other thorny issues.

The grouping has traditionally focused on counter-terrorism and security issues, and India's hope is to bolster regional cooperation on combating terror.

The first MoU was inked between China's Ministry of Water Resources and India's Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation upon provision of hydrological information of the Brahmaputra river in flood season by China to India. India and Pakistan became its members in 2017.