Modi, world leaders come "together for the region" at SCO Summit
Samarkand, September 16, 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday attended the 22nd Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) being held in in this historic Uzbek city.
Before the deliberations at the first in-person summit of the organisation in two years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi posed for a photograph with the SCO leaders -- Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and other leaders.
Modi also met Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan.
The Prime Minister's Office on Friday tweeted some pictures with the caption, "PM @narendramodi at the SCO Summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan."
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagch tweeted: "Together for the region! PM @narendramodi joins the leaders of SCO Member States for discussions on topical, regional and international issues, including regional peace and security, trade and connectivity, culture and tourism."
Apart from attending the summit, the Prime Minister will hold bilateral meetings with some of the leaders attending the meeting.
The regional multilateral organisation was set up in 2001 with Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan as members, while India and Pakistan became full members in 2017.
The Council of the SCO Heads of State is the highest decision-making body of the organisation and meets for an annual summit that is hosted by a member state of the SCO.
Prime Minister Modi has been leading the Indian delegation to the SCO Summit every year, since India became its full member in 2017. During the last two summits in 2020 and 2021, the summit was held in the virtual format because of the COVID-19 pandemic.