PM Modi discusses bilateral issues with Tajikistan President in Tashkent

Tashkent: Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed bilateral issues with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon on Friday on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Tashkent.

Both the leaders held delegation-level talks to strengthen ties.

Prime Minister Modi on Twitter said, “Glad to meet President Rahmon. India attaches strong importance to extensive cooperation with Tajikistan.”

Prime Minister Modi arrived in Uzbekistan on Thursday to attend the two-day SCO summit.

Modi will later attend a meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council where discussions will be held on enhancing cooperation.

India along with its rival Pakistan was granted membership of the SCO last July. Both the South Asian nations along with Iran were admitted as observers at the 2005 summit, and are expected to join fully in 2016.

The SCO was formed at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.