Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to Astana, Kazakhstan on 8 June 2017 to attend the Summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).At this meeting, on completion of the process, India became a full Member of the SCO.The process of full membership was launched in Tashkent meeting of the SCO in 2016. He also attended the inauguration of the Astana Expo with the theme of ‘Future Energy’ on 9 Jun 2017.
During the two-day visit, Prime Minister Modi met President Nursultan Nazarbayev and reviewed progress on decisions and agreements made during his last visit in July 2015. He congratulated Kazakhstan for membership of the UN Security Council in 2017-18 and thanked him for continuous support for India’s membership of SCO. He also invited Kazakhstan to become a member of the International Solar Alliance(ISA).
Kazakhstan is currently the largest supplier of Uranium to India, and both sides agreed to maintain this partnership and also discussed cooperation in Hydrocarbons. Both sides also agreed that connectivity through Chabahar will help India’s trade and economic relations with Central Asia.
Prime Minister Modi also held bilateral meetings with the leaders of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Afghan President Dr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the SCO meeting.
This book will take you through the highlights of the visit.
The meeting of the Heads of State Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation was held on 8-9 June 2017 in Astana. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev chaired the meeting. The meeting saw the Heads of Member States sign the decision for India joining Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, followed by a formal announcement by the Chairman, SCO.