'Terrorism' a major threat to humanity: PM

According to Modi, the SCO will also be a powerful partner in the worldwide fight against terrorism.

"Terrorism is a major threat to humanity".

Modi said that the SCO will help in bringing peace in war-torn Afghanistan.

He also favoured early completion of the China-India-Bangladesh-Myanmar connectivity project in order to boost trade between the four countries.

Modi told the Chinese President that it would not have been possible for India to become member of SCO without China's backing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Pakistan's accession to the SCO. PM Modi had reportedly said that connectivity projects in the region should respect "territorial integrity and sovereignty", and maintain "inclusivity and sustainability".

Nawaz Sharif convened a meeting with President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani and Secretary General of United Nations Organisation (UNO), António Guterres, and shook hands with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Friday under auspices of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). We want connectivity to pave way for enhancing cooperation and confidence among the societies and young people.

On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying explained that the murders were no way connected to the $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which was opposed by the Baloch nationalists. The press release stated that the leaders had praised "the outcomes of the Belt and Road International Cooperation Forum" held in Beijing on May 14 and May 15.

Jaishankar said Modi and Xi also deliberated on defence exchanges.

"(China and India) should strengthen multilateral communication and consultation, and appropriately control and manage differences and sensitive issues", Xi said, according to the post.

India, Iran and Pakistan were admitted as observers at the 2005 Astana Summit.

Diplomatic sources said it is highly unusual for the Chinese and Pakistani leaders to not meet at a summit, especially when a China-India bilateral meet takes place given Pakistan's usual sensitivities.

  • Joey Payne