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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Samarkand, Uzbekistan during the early hours of today and he would attend the first in-person Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit after a gap of two years. The summit is planned amid growing geo-political turmoil triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The discussion about China's aggressive military posture too will be in talks. Narendra Modi received a warm welcome from his Uzbekistan counterpart Abdulla Aripov along with the senior officials. There is no structured or scheduled meeting for Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Samarkand.
Landed in Samarkand to take part in the SCO Summit. pic.twitter.com/xaZ0pkjHD1— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 15, 2022
Narendra Modi will have a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Iran President Ebrahim Raisi. A series of bilateral meetings are planned and they will start today afternoon and will continue till the evening. The meetings will start after the conclusion of the Restricted and Extended sessions of the SCO Summit on Friday morning. This would be the first meeting between Narendra Modi and Vladimir Putin after India opposed Russia's war on Ukraine. Narendra Modi said that he is looking forward for the crucial meetings.