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PM Modi first leader to arrive as SCO summit begins in Kyrgyzstan

PM Modi with Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov at the Ala Archa Presidential Palace ahead of the SCO Council of Heads of State Meeting. (Image source: @MEAIndia) Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Jun 14, 2019, 10.06 AM (IST)

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) summit began in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan today with PM Modi being the first leader to arrive.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan and China's President Xi also arrived at the summit.

PM Modi had met Chinese President Xi and Russian President Putin on Thursday in a series of bilateral meetings which included a meeting with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani late evening.

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During the meeting with PM Modi, the Chinese president congratulated the Indian prime minister on his re-election as India's prime minister.

Xi noted that China and India are the world's only two emerging economies that boast a population of more than 1 billion respectively, and are both at a crucial stage of rapid development.

Cooperation between the two countries, said the Chinese leader, can not only boost their respective development, but also will contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in Asia and the wider world.

He also said that during his meeting with Modi last year in Wuhan, China's central Hubei Province, they have led the China-India relationship onto a new stage, adding that China is willing to join India to make continuous efforts in promoting a closer development partnership between the two sides.