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Tourism from SCO countries can easily be doubled, says PM Narendra Modi

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

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today said only six per cent of foreign tourists in are from the SCO countries and this number could easily be "doubled" as he underlined the need to boost tourism among members of the grouping.

Speaking at the restricted session of the Cooperation Organisation Summit, said that increasing awareness of the shared cultures can help boost the number of tourists.

He said that India's foreign tourism from the SCO countries just constitute for 6 per cent, which he said could easily be doubled.

"Increasing awareness of our shared cultures can help boost this number. We will organise a SCO and a Buddhist festival in India," he said.

It is for the first time the Indian is attending the SCO summit after along with became full-fledged members of the grouping, jointly dominated by and Russia, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to NATO.

said is committed to extend full cooperation to a successful outcome of the Summit.

The SCO currently has eight member countries which represents around 42 per cent of the world's population and 20 per cent of the global GDP.

Besides Modi, other leaders attending the summit include Chinese Xi, Russian Vladimir Putin, Iranian and President

The SCO was founded at a summit in in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and India and became its members last year.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 10:40 IST