Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the sidelines of the SCO Summit here and the two leaders discussed a range of topics to further strengthen the bilateral ties.
"The two leaders exchanged views on a range of topics to further strengthen our strategic partnership," he said.
It is for the first time that an Indian prime minister is attending the SCO summit after India along with Pakistan became a full-fledged member of the grouping, jointly dominated by China and Russia, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to NATO.
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.
Modi is expected to hold nearly half a dozen bilateral meetings with leaders of other SCO countries.
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