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  World   Asia  01 Jun 2017  China says India, Pak will be full SCO members at Astana summit

China says India, Pak will be full SCO members at Astana summit

PTI
Published : Jun 1, 2017, 2:36 pm IST
Updated : Jun 1, 2017, 2:36 pm IST

Besides China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are full members of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

The grouping is mainly aimed at military cooperation between the members and involves intelligence-sharing, counter-terrorism operations in Central Asia. (Photo: AFP)
 The grouping is mainly aimed at military cooperation between the members and involves intelligence-sharing, counter-terrorism operations in Central Asia. (Photo: AFP)

Beijing: India and Pakistan's admission to the Beijing-backed Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will be formalised at the grouping's summit in Kazakhstan next week, China said on Thursday.

"The members states of the SCO are accelerating the MoU procedures with the two countries and everything is going very well," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

"We hope India and Pakistan as the full members at the Astana summit (on June 8-9). We also expect the Astana summit will complete the admission procedures for the two countries," Hua said.

The political and security grouping - headquartered in Beijing - was founded in 2001 and comprises Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, besides China as full members.

It is mainly aimed at military cooperation between the members and involves intelligence-sharing, counter-terrorism operations in Central Asia.

Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status.

Tags: shanghai cooperation organisation, india-pakistan, astana summit
Location: China, Peking, Peking