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India keen to actively participate in SCO's activities: PM Modi

Press Trust of India  |  Qingdao 

today said looks forward to enriching the Cooperation Organisation with its active participation and working closely with other members of the bloc, as he met the of the grouping here.

The meeting with Alimov came hours after landed in this picturesque coastal city of east China's province to attend the 18th summit of the SCO.

"This SCO Summit is special as this is India's first Summit as a full member. My talks with SCO Secretary-General, Mr were extremely productive," tweeted.

"looks forward to enriching the SCO with its active participation and working closely with other members," he said ahead of the opening of the two-day SCO summit.

The SCO said that is contributing greatly to the organisation since it became a full member of SCO in 2017, said.

Alimov conveyed to Modi that the International Day of Yoga would be celebrated at the in on June 16.

It is for the first time the Indian will be attending the SCO summit after India along with became full-fledged members of the grouping last year.

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.

statistics show that the combined GDP of the SCO's six founding members reached USD 12.63 trillion in 2017, increasing more than seven times from the 2001 level. During the same period, their total trade volume also grew more than seven-fold, reaching USD 4.9 trillion in 2017. The numbers have climbed further after the accession of India and

India was an observer at the SCO since 2005 and has generally participated in the ministerial-level meetings of the grouping which focus mainly on security and economic cooperation in the Eurasian region.

The SCO was founded at a summit in in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 18:55 IST