Pakistan to become center stage of trade activities after SCO membership: Sartaj

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Speaking after Modi, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated India on getting membership in the inter-governmental organisation. As per TOI official sources, "the leaders exchanged pleasantries at leaders" lounge at a reception at Astana opera organised to welcome the leaders who are participating in Shanghai.

"Prime Minister Modi's address was impressive as Pakistan's true face needs to be flashed in front of the world".

Modi said that both nations "should enhance cooperation and coordination in worldwide affairs and deal with sensitive issues between the two countries", according to Hua.

Talking to media soon after his arrival from Astana, Kazakhstan, the advisor termed the development at 17th SCO summit as a "win-win situation" for Pakistan. The news of their murders was made public ahead of the SCO summit held on June 8-9 in which India and Pakistan were admitted as members.

PM Modi met Xi on the sidelines of the Summit and underscored the need to respect each other's "core concerns" and appropriately handle the disputes.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif along with his delegation attended the meeting of the Heads of State Council of SCO.

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During his meeting with Xi, Modi said the two sides should tap their potential in cooperation, strengthen communication and coordination in global affairs, respect each other's core concerns and appropriately handle their disputes.

"A number of areas came up for discussion which included economic cooperation specifically trade, investment and connectivity, the establishment of industrial parks and cooperation in railways".

"Connectivity with SCO member countries is a priority for India and we whole-heartedly support it".

PM Modi also expressed his gratitude towards the other member countries that supported India's membership to SCO.

China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, India and Pakistan are members of the Shanghai organization.

We are achieving full membership today, but India has been nurturing and maintaining good historic relations with every SCO member.

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