Russian President Vladimir Putin told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday India's accession into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has begun.
"We are beginning the process of full-fledged inclusion of India into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation," Putin told Modi during talks in the Russian city of Ufa.
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To this, Modi responded, "Under your [Putin's] leadership in BRICS, India has become a member of SCO. I am very grateful."
Pakistan is also expected to be inducted as a full member of the group along with India.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ufa, Russia, July 8, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will also be attending the summit which started today and is expected to meet his Indian counterpart on the sidelines of the summit.
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The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) groups China, Russia and the former Soviet republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, while India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Mongolia are observers.
This article originally appeared on Times of India.