New Delhi: The plenary session of 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit has kicked off at Qingdao International Convention Center in China's Qingdao city.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who reached Qingdao on Saturday afternoon, is also present on the occasion along with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian president Vladimir Putin and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani among other leaders.
Prior to this, a restricted session had taken place which was attended only by the SCO members.
The final day of the two-day annual summit commenced with a welcome ceremony and a group photo of leaders of the eight SCO member-states.
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During the session, PM Modi said, “We have again reached a stage where physical and digital connectivity is changing the definition of geography. Therefore, connectivity with our neighbourhood and in the SCO region is our priority.”
PM added, “Only 6% of foreign tourists in India are from SCO countries, this can easily be doubled. Increasing awareness of our shared cultures can help boost this number.We will organize a SCO food festival and a Buddhist festival in India.”
Afghanistan is an unfortunate example of effect of terrorism. I hope the brave steps towards peace taken by President Ghani will be respected by all in the region, said PM Modi.
Ahead of the plenary session, Prime Minister Modi met with Chinese President Xi and shared handshake.
This is the first SCO Summit India is attending as a full-time member.