July 19, 2019 | 6:17 AM IST
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SCO Summit: Newly elected Indian PM and Pak PM to meet at Bishkek in June

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit will be held in Bishkek on June 14 and 15. From India’s side the summit will be represented by the new Prime Minister with the ongoing 17th Lok Sabha elections. Also, the new Indian PM will come face-to-face for the first time with the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan post the political tensions between two nations.

The SCO or Shanghai Pact is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance, the creation of which was announced on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai. The original five nations that were members of Shanghai Five group were founded on April 26, 1996 and then added Uzbekistan to it. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Charter, formally establishing the organisation, was signed in June 2002 and entered into force on 19 September 2003. It now has a total of eight nations including India and Pakistan that joined in June 2017 at Astana, Kazakhstan.

The SCO also strives to strengthen mutual trust and good neighbourly relations between its member states further led many to forecast that the expansion would lead to the organisation’s failure rather than an amelioration of India-Pakistan relations.

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