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    The SCO Summit meeting kicks off on Thursday, with the most important meeting, between Indian Prime Minster Modi, Russian President Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping is widely seen as a final push to persuade China to secure India's entry to the coveted Nuclear Suppliers Group.

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Tashkent tomorrow to attend the SCO Summit. During the summit, India along with Pakistan will be inducted as full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

    The organization deals with security and defense and during the summit the leaders of the member states will explore ways to deepen security cooperation and intelligence sharing. India has shown its interest in strengthening its Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure.

    However, the most important event of the conference will be Indian Prime Minister Modi’s meetings with Russian President Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    “There will be a meeting of the Prime Minister with Russian President Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit. There will be some other bilateral meetings also. During the meeting there will be full review of bilateral agenda,” Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs Sujata Mehta said.

    Modi’s meeting with the Chinese President will be crucial as he is likely to seek China’s support for India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

    Modi’s meeting with Russian President Putin is also likely to concerned with India’s bid for NSG membership Putin’s influence could shift China’s decision.


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