At Astana SCO, pitfalls to avoid

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According to a statement issued by the Kazakh presidency, Nazarbayev said: "At the upcoming meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council, two major countries - India and Pakistan - are expected to become members of our organization".

He reminded that India and Pakistan will become full member of the SCO during the Astana summit, the highlight of the event, making the SCO scope 40 percent of the global population.

On the sidelines of the SCO summit, Sharif will hold a number of bilateral meetings with other participating leaders, Xinhua news agency reported.

It is the first expansion in sixteen years after its 2001 creation by China, Russia and four ex-Soviet Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

In the 2015 summit in Ufa in Russian Federation, the group had formally adopted a resolution which started the procedure to admit India and Pakistan into the SCO.

Srinivasan said at the briefing, that India has signed a memorandum which is essentially a process through which an aspirant country has to go through before becoming a member of the group.

However, there is no meeting scheduled between Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

The agenda of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Astana Summit includes review of implementation of the Development strategy of SCO till 2025, strengthening regional security, fighting terrorism and extremism, combating drug trafficking and developing cooperation within the expanded organisation.

On evening of June 9, Prime Minister Modi will also attend the inauguration of the Astana Expo with the theme of "Future Energy". The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is also a part of the project. We hope that as we join the RATS, we will be able to benefit from this collaboration against our fight against terrorism.

India and Pakistan+, along with the other 6 countries, will participate in joint exercises against terrorism under Tashkent based RATS or The Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of SCO.

Baglay said the SCO has member states who are neighbours to Afghanistan and it will be an institutional forum where India can engage with these nations.

"All aspects of the SCO will be available for participation of all member countries".

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