By becoming a full SCO member, India now stands to gain in the spheres of security, economy, trade, investment, connectivity and energy co-operation.
The member states reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation of the SCO Member States and pledged to resolve border disputes through friendly consultations, it said.
India & Pakistan joined the ongoing SCO Summit on Friday where in his speech, taking a disguised dig on Islamabad incident, PM Narendra Modi asserted that until and unless there would be a combined and coordinated approach to deal with terrorism, the issues of financing, training & radicalization of terrorist's organization will go unnoticed. With the accession, the strength of the grouping rose to eight and its footprints expanded from Central Asia to South Asia.
Putin also said that the decision to start the process of India's and Pakistan's admission to the SCO had been made during the 2015 summit in Ufa under Russia's presidency in the organisation, and stressed that these countries had fulfilled all requirements to enter the SCO in less than two years. While concluding his declaration, President Nazarbayev said that New Delhi has acceded to the set of 38 documents, which covers a range of activities of India in the organisation. All members' countries of the regional grouping signed 11 documents including one on combating extremism. Its two-day summit kicked off on Thursday in the Kazakh capital of Astana.
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It also edged out rival CNN, by just a hair (3.049 million) and handily beat MSNBC's audience of 2.719 million viewers. Updated figures with additional channels were expected to be released later on Friday.
The two heads of state also exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan and on the Korean Peninsula, as well as on other worldwide and regional issues.
Impossible to reach a solution till all make concerted efforts, on radicalisation, terrorist recruitment/training/financing issues.
PM Modi had reportedly said that connectivity projects in the region should respect "territorial integrity and sovereignty", and maintain "inclusivity and sustainability".
On the sidelines of the summit, Modi held bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and heads of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.