Let's address sensitive issues: Xi to Modi

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The Declaration on the Establishment of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was signed in China's Shanghai in June 2001 by the six founding states - Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

At the summit in Astana, India and Pakistan will become the full members of the grouping.

The two leaders meet in Astana, Kazakhstan on the sidelines of a summit for the eight country bloc, which also includes almost a dozen other states as partners or observer states.

Both high-ups discussed bilateral relations and different matters, including terrorism, in the meeting, which was not scheduled but held at the request of the Afghan president.

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India and Pakistan today joined the SCO, the first-ever expansion of the China-dominated security grouping that is increasingly seen as a counterweight to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

After Astana, Modi and Xi are also expected to cross paths at the G20 summit to be held next month in Hamburg, Germany followed by Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) summit to be held in Xiamen, China in September. "Got the opportunity to meet you again during SCO summit, grateful to you for your efforts and support for India's SCO membership", he said.

Earlier, a welcoming ceremony was held here in which Prime MinisterMuhammad Nawaz Sharif was warmly received by Kazakh president in the powerful Eurasian body.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also talked about the project and said such connectivity initiatives would boost trade and investment in the region.

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This was stated by Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif while delivering his speech here at SCO Summit in Astana on Friday.

Speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Kazakhstan's Astana, Modi said it required concerted efforts to rein in radicalisation, terrorist recruitment and terror financing issues. "Following the visit, we have already received two shipments of Uranium from Kazakhstan to India in the last two years", he said.

PM Modi and Xi are now in the Kazakhstan capital to attend the annual SCO Summit.

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