China Holds Shanghai Cooperation Organization Meeting Opposite G7 Summit

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Following is the text of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi's departure statement prior to his visit to Qingdao in China. They also agreed - as decided during their first informal summit at Wuhan in April - to maintain strategic communications through various channels, including telephone calls and frequent meetings on the sidelines of multilateral events.

Following the meeting between Modi and Xi on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in the coastal city of Qingdao, the two sides signed agreements on China providing hydrological information for the Brahmaputra river and on exporting rice from India.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, which will explore concrete ways to bolster cooperation in the fight against terrorism, extremism, and radicalisation, besides deliberating on pressing global issues. India and Pakistan were admitted to the SCO previous year.

President Mamnoon congratulated President Xi Jinping on his re-election as President of People's Republic of China and General Secretary of Communist Party of China (CPC). They also discussed the regional security situation and global issues.

The meeting between the leaders of two Asian powers came after their informal summit in the Chinese city of Wuhan to solidify the relationship in a broad spectrum of areas and ensuring better coordination between the border guarding forces of the two countries after the Doklam standoff. During his speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 1, Modi had talked about working closely with China and said an "Asia of cooperation" could shape this century.

China's Belt and Road Initiative was also strongly opposed by India as part of it goes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. PM Modi will meet Mr Xi multiple times on the sidelines of the summit.

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The two leaders had also discussed ways to give impetus to their economic ties as well as people-to-people relations.

Rouhani said that the United States exit from the nuclear agreement with Iran warrants an "important and serious discussion between our two countries".

Last year, China had stopped sharing data soon after the 73-day long stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Dokalam + over Chinese military's plans to build a road close to India's Chicken Neck corridor connecting North-Eastern states.

He also felicitated his Chinese counterpart on the successful conduct of SCO Summit in China.

It is for the first time that an Indian prime minister is attending the SCO summit after India along with Pakistan became full members of the grouping, jointly dominated by China and Russian Federation, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

After the deliberations, the member-countries, including Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, are expected to sign the Qingdao Declaration that will contain details for creating significant mechanisms to resist terror activities around the globe.

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