Iran president arrives at China summit

Iran president arrives at China summit

Though not officially on the agenda, analysts say that one key topic of discussion this year may focus on whether Iran will be allowed to ascend from its position as an SCO observer to become a full member state - a development it has sought since 2008 but has been unable to achieve while subject to United Nations sanctions.

On the occasion, President Mamnoon said that Pakistan supported the Chinese chairmanship of SCO and appreciated the various initiatives proposed by China in the organization during the a year ago.

India and China also signed agreements in the presence of PM Narendra Modi and President of China Xi Jinping.

"For us China and India can play more active role in today's world in promoting multilateralism, against unilateralism, to promote free trade and also cooperation on counterterrorism, extremism and separatism", he said.

"PM Modi arrived in the picturesque coastal city of Qingdao on a two-day visit to attend the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)".

India became a full member of the the China-dominated grouping a year ago and New Delhi's entry into it is expected to increase the bloc's heft in regional geo-politics and trade negotiations besides giving it a pan-Asian hue.

The two leaders reviewed the full range of bilateral ties, especially ways to boost economic and cultural links between the two countries.

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In the wake of Washington's strained ties with Russia, China and Iran, officials said the SCO summit will provide an opportunity for President Xi and his Russian counterpart Putin to reflect on a common vision for the region and present the bloc as a powerful voice to deal with pressing global issues.

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The latter's meeting is supposed to focus on cooperation in various areas and prospects for the development of an economic corridor connecting the three countries.

India became a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in 2017.

Sources indicated that India's focus would be to include its concerns over cross border terrorism in the final outcome document of the summit. The numbers have climbed further after the accession of India and Pakistan.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will open late Saturday a two-day regional security summit attended by Russia, Iran and other allies confronting rising tensions with the U.S. over trade and Washington's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal.

The SCO Summit in Qingdao will formalise the entry of India and Pakistan as its newest members, joining China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

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