Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin today in Uzbekistan for Regional SCO Summit. Trade and geopolitics are said to be on the agenda of the meeting.
However, there is confirmation regarding meeting with the China’s Xi Xingping.
PM Modi was among the last leaders who arrived in Samarkand for the SCO summit on Thursday.
Beginning with the reception for leaders, group of photo he will join to participate in the regional summit today.
During the meeting, Mr Modi and Vladimir Putin are likely to discuss situation in Asia Pacific region, issues of strategic stability and bilateral cooperation within the UN and G20.
Besides meeting Putin, PM Modi will also hold talks with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
“At the SCO Summit, I look forward to exchanging views on topical, regional and international issues, the expansion of SCO and further deepening of multifaceted and mutually beneficial cooperation within the Organisation,” said Prime Minister Modi before leaving for Uzbekistan ahead of the summit.
Speaking about his plan to meet Uzbekistan President Mirziyoyev, PM Modi said, “I fondly recall his visit to India in 2018. He also graced the Vibrant Gujarat Summit as Guest of Honour in 2019. In addition, I will hold bilateral meetings with some of the other leaders attending the summit”.
This summit in face-to-face mode is being held after two years due to onset of Covid pandemic worldwide.
The summit of eight partners is happening amid the raised geo-political tensions mainly triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and also China’s aggressive military show off in Taiwan.
The SCO summit is bifurcated in two sessions – one will be a restricted one meant only for the partner states and another will be an extended one which will have participation of observers and special invitees.