The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Sunday officially announced the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Samarkand, Uzbekistan to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit on September 15 and 16.
“At the invitation of the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Samarkand, Uzbekistan from 15-16 September 2022 to attend the 22nd meeting of the Council of Heads of State,” the ministry said in a statement. Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
It is also stated that the SCO Summit will be attended by leaders of SCO Member States, Observer States, Secretary General of SCO, Executive Director of SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS), President of Turkmenistan, and other guests.
PM Modi is also likely to hold some bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit.
This will be the first individual summit since June 2019 when the SCO summit was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi are among the expected leaders at the summit.
India’s presence at the summit is significant as it will assume the rotational presidency of the SCO at the end of the Samarkand summit. Delhi will chair the group for one year till September 2023. Therefore, next year, India will host the SCO summit, which will be attended by leaders from China, Russia, and Pakistan.