Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Tashkent to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit of which India is set to become a full-fledged member along with Pakistan.
However, the spotlight is on his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to seek support for India’s membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Briefing the media on the bilateral talks, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Prime Minister Modi urged Jinping to “make a fair and objective assessment of India’s application and judge it on its own merit.” “He said China should contribute to the emerging consensus in Seoul,” Swarup said.
The outcome of the meeting between Modi and Jinping will determine the proceedings of the NSG’s two-day plenary that began in Seoul on Thursday, sources said.
Modi arrived in Tashkent to a warm welcome as he kicked off a two-day visit to attend the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) with the aim of expanding India’s engagement with the China-dominated grouping in areas of security, defence and energy.
In a special gesture, Modi was received at the Tashkent international airport by his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoev.