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Friday, June 9, 2017

India, Pakistan become full members of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Friday June 09,2017

India and Pakistan on Friday June 09,2017 became full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit at Astana. 

India’s membership was strongly pushed by Russia while Pakistan’s entry into the grouping was backed by China. “India and Pakistan are now members of the SCO. 

It is a very important moment for us,” Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is the current chair of the SCO, said, making the announcement at the Summit of the grouping in Astana.

With the expansion of the grouping, the SCO will now represent over 40 per cent of humanity and nearly 20 per cent of the global GDP. 

As an SCO member, India is expected to have a bigger say in pressing for concerted action in dealing with terrorism as well as on issues relating to security and defence in the region. India, one of the largest energy consuming countries in the world, is also likely to get greater access to major gas and oil exploration projects in Central Asia as many of the SCO countries have huge reserves of oil and natural gas.

The SCO was founded at a Summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the Presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. 

The SCO had set the ball rolling to make India a member of the bloc during its summit in Ufa, Russia, in July, 2015, when administrative hurdles were cleared to grant membership to India and Pakistan.

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