PM Narendra Modi is expected to raise the issue of terrorism at the summit of the SCO in Bishkek: MEA

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to articulate India's position on how to address the main challenges facing the region, including the growing threat of terrorism At the annual summit on June 13 and 14.

It will be the first multilateral meeting in which Modi will participate after retaining power for the second consecutive term.

The prime minister will have bilateral meetings with the Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the sidelines of the summit of the SCO, said the secretary (west) of the ministry of external affairs, A Gitesh Sarma.

The leaders participating in the summit in Kyrgyzstan are expected to focus on the global security situation, multilateral economic cooperation, exchanges between people and also on topical issues of international and regional importance, he said at a press conference.

Sarma said India is expected to raise the issue of terrorism at the summit but will not talk about any specific country.

India has been an observer at the SCO since 2005 and, in general, has participated in ministerial meetings of the grouping that focuses mainly on security and economic cooperation in the Eurasian region.

India and Pakistan obtained permanent membership of the SCO in 2017.

Sarma said India is also likely to focus on the importance of regional connectivity projects to boost trade among members of the SCO countries.

The SCO was founded at a summit in Carry off in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan & Uzbekistan . India & Pakistan became its members last year.

At present, the SCO represents around 42 per cent of the world's population & 20 per cent of the global GDP.