Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Uzbekistan’s Samarkand on Friday.
He is expected to Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, an official press release said. He will also hold bilateral meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, according to The Hindu.
In a statement ahead of his departure on Thursday evening, Modi said that he looked forward to “exchanging views on topical, regional and international issues, the expansion of Shangai Cooperation Organisation and on further deepening of multifaceted and mutually beneficial cooperation within the Organization”.
SCO Samarkand Summit. Leaders at family photo. Next year Iran will also present at the family photo taking the number countries who are part of the grouping to 9. SCO is one of the largest global groupings in terms of population size, economic growth & geography. pic.twitter.com/gd50iTmYXS
— Sidhant Sibal (@sidhant) September 16, 2022
Landed in Samarkand to take part in the SCO Summit. pic.twitter.com/xaZ0pkjHD1
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 15, 2022
Chinese President Xi Jinping is also among the leaders who will attend the summit. Xi and Modi will come face-to-face for the first time since tensions began along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh in April 2020.
It is not clear whether a bilateral meeting with the Chinese president is on Modi’s agenda. However,…