After the tremendous victory of the NDA government, its first major international engagement starts today, at the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit, in Bishkek (Kyrgyz Republic). The two days submit from June 13-14 will focus on radicalism and terrorism. The issues of discussion at the summit will also include pressing global issues, including future of Iran nuclear deal, impact of US sanctions on Russia and the situation in the Indo-Pacific region.
In a departure statement issued by PM Narendra Modi he informed, “The Summit is expected to discuss the global security situation, multilateral economic cooperation, people-to-people exchanges and topical issues of international and regional importance. On the sidelines of the Summit, I also plan to meet several leaders bilaterally.” However, India has said that no bilateral meeting has been planned between Prime Minister Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the sidelines of the SCO Summit. This would be the first face off between the two after the Pulwama Tensions. Also, India recently announced that Modi will not take the Pakistani air space for flying to the SCO summit in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan and instead will fly by the circuitous route through Oman and Iran.
He also mentioned “On the invitation of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, I will also be on an official bilateral visit to the Kyrgyz Republic on 14 June 2019, after conclusion of the SCO Summit.”
“Apart from our discussions on the entire range of bilateral cooperation, President Jeenbekov and I will jointly address the first meeting of India-Kyrgyz Business Forum.” He mentioned.
India-Kyrgyzstan Bilateral Summit
The bilateral summit is expected to focus on launching a joint study on opportunities from Eurasian Economic Union and market access for Indian goods and merchandise. Besides the launch of `Namaskar Eurasia’ in Bishkek, leaders of both countries will also talk about strengthening economic and trade cooperation.
Later this month industry body FICCI will hold an India-Kyrgyz Business forum meeting in New Delhi where the agenda for the business talks between the two countries will be firmed up.
Earlier on Saturday, 8th June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping at Qingdao.
Here are some highlights of the meeting, in Qingdao :
- It was a substantive meeting, PM described it as ‘milestone in our relations’
- One of the important outcomes of the meeting was the Chinese side conveyed that they accepted PM’s invitation to President Xi Jinping to have a similar informal summit in India in 2019: Vijay Gokhale, foreign secretary reported.
- Two MoUs were signed – Sharing hydrological information of Brahmaputra river by China to India& amendment of Protocol on phytosanitary requirements for exporting rice from India to China to include non-Basmati rice.
Highlights of the (SCO) Summit, being held in Bishkek :
- India will be given a chance to raise issues relating to terrorism, the stability of Afghanistan, and rising radicalism in Central Asian countries.
- The growing influence of Wahhabism is an important concern, for the SCO member countries, especially the Central Asian states. Dealing with the IS forces who might have returned to Central Asia from Syria and Iraq is another concern for the SCO.
- Listing of Masood Azhar, JeM’s chief who is based in Pakistan will be discussed.
- Later this year, plans were announced to hold the first level of the joint border operation “Solidarity 2019-2021,” where the heads of the border services, and training workshops on identifying and preventing the use of the Internet for terrorist, separatist and extremist purposes. RATS a permanent organ of the SCO which serves to promote cooperation of member states against terrorism, separatism, and extremism and is headquartered in Tashkent.
- Chinese President, Xi Jinping, said, “security and development are two major issues of focus for SCO. The establishment of SCO is not target to any country but major regional and international issues will hold account in the submit”. He also expresses his will to discuss US practice of ‘Trade Protectionism’ and unilateralism using tariffs as a weapon.