Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home on Sunday after participating in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit held in Qingdao city of China. Addressing the Summit, PM had a very important conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping on bilateral and global issues. The two leaders have agreed to continue the efforts to organize the informal summit in India next year and to ensure peace and stability on the border.
Modi said that he is very happy to be in the SCO Summit for the first time as a full member. During the last year, we consider the opportunity to understand and contribute to the role of this organization very important. He also challenged the setting of a road map for the 25th anniversary of the SCO to set such goals those can be achieved definitely and make the organization effective.
A total number of 22 documents have been signed in the SCO Summit, which includes a Joint Statement and 21 other documents. One of the document is about customs, one of them is for small micro and medium enterprises and one is for tourism. Apart from this, efforts to strengthen India's relationship with Central Asia, Prime Minister made separate bilateral meetings with the presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia.
The Prime Minister also stated that only six percent of foreign tourists in India are from SCO countries. He said this can be doubled easily by increasing awareness about the shared cultures.
He also met Mongolia's President Khalmatin Battulga. It is worth mentioning that within six weeks this is Modi's second China visit. Prior to this, the Prime Minister was in Wuhan city of China on April 27 and 28 for an informal summit with the Chinese President.
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