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PM Modi holds bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on SCO sidelines

PM Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jun 13, 2019, 04.40 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived at Kyrgyz capital for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, is holding a first bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. 

This is the first time that the two leaders are meeting post-Masood Azhar's listing at the UNSC as an international terrorist. 

The focus of the meeting is on Xi's upcoming visit to India. 

President Xi is expected to visit Varanasi later this year for the second informal meeting between the two leaders. 

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Modi and President Xi met at Wuhan last year for their first informal meeting. 

Modi will also hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbay Jeenbekov on the sidelines of the summit.

This is the first multilateral summit PM Modi will be attending after his re-election.

The SCO represents 42 per cent of the world’s population, 22 per cent of its land area and 20 per cent of its GDP and New Delhi sees it as a platform to engage with central Asian countries.

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This is the first time that the two leaders are meeting post-Masood Azhar's listing at the UNSC as an international terrorist.