Prime Minister Narendra Modi used India’s new membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to pitch for coordinated efforts to combat terror and enhance connectivity without impinging on sovereignty and territorial integrity, indirectly flagging key concerns with Pakistan and China.
In his address at the annual summit in the Kazakhstan capital of Astana, where Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping were part of the audience, Modi hoped India’s entry into the grouping will give new momentum to dealing with terror.
India has maintained cross-border terror emanating from Pakistan is the biggest threat to regional peace and security. Modi also spoke about enhancing connectivity in the region, saying it was the key to more trade and investment. But he made it clear that sovereignty and territorial integrity should be key factors in such cooperation.