Sushma Swaraj meets Chinese President Xi ahead of Wuhan summit

Vastavam web: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today called on Chinese President Xi Jinping, who said China regards boosting the development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as one of its diplomatic priorities.Swaraj called on President Xi along with the rest of the seven foreign ministers of the SCO.

“China regards boosting the development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as one of its diplomatic priorities,” Xi said during his meeting with SCO foreign ministers as well as with SCO secretary-general, and the director of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure Executive Committee.Swaraj’s meeting with the Chinese President comes a day after the two countries announced a summit meeting between Xi and Prime Minister Modi at Wuhan this week.

The SCO Foreign Ministers will meet here tomorrow to finalise the agenda for the summit of the eight-member political, economic and security bloc.Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi yesterday announced that Modi and Xi will meet in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on April 27-28 to improve bilateral relations.Comprising China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, India and Pakistan, the SCO aims at military cooperation between the member states and involves intelligence sharing, counter-terrorism operations in Central Asia and joint work against cyber terrorism.

India and Pakistan were admitted last year into the organisation in which China plays an influential role.Swaraj, who is here on a four-day visit, earlier met Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, a close associate of Xi. Swaraj also met her Kyrgyz and Uzbek counterparts and discussed cooperation in a number of key areas including trade and investments.