India will become full member of SCO: MEA India

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana, Kazakhstan tomorrow where Pakistan will be granted full member status along with India.

The SCO members now are China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

"There are broadly two legs of collaboration which are being pursued in the SCO platform", Srinivas said.

Nazarbayev said the SCO unites about 40 percent of the world population.

"SCO members will support them and offer help if the two countries need it, rather than internationalise their dispute within the organization", Li Wei, an anti-terrorism expert at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations affiliated to China's Ministry of State Security, told the Global Times.

The SCO has six observer states - Iran, Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Mongolia and Pakistan.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov reiterated his country's support for Iran's SCO membership this week, saying it will have a positive impact on cooperation between the member states of the regional alliance.

The Prime Minister is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit at Kazakhstan's capital city of Astana.

"India and Pakistan are accusing each other of supporting terrorism and this is generally based on their domestic political agenda and dispute".

The Chinese diplomat added that Iran now has an observer status in the organization and has for a long time "proactively participated" in its activities and has made positive contributions to the SCO's development.

Stating that once India becomes a full member of the SCO, the bloc "will represent over 40 per cent of humanity and almost 20 per cent of global GDP", Modi said in a pre-departure statement: "We launched the process of full membership in Tashkent meeting of the SCO previous year. Things will become more complex and interesting with Pakistan's entry", said Phunchok Stobdan, India's former Ambassador to Central Asia, now Professor on Security Affairs.

There are severe apprehensions over Pakistan's role in SCO which many claimed that Islamabad may attempt to internationalize the Kashmir issue through it. "We launched the process of full membership in Tashkent meeting of the SCO past year", the Prime Minister said in a statement.

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