Modi will meet Putin in Uzbekistan: Talks on Ukraine war and food security possible
Modi will meet Putin in Uzbekistan: Meeting in Samarkand during SCO summit talks on Ukraine war and food security possible
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting is going to be held on September 15 and 16 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in it. During this, he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is believed that there can be talks between the two leaders on important issues like the Russia-Ukraine war and food security.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif will also participate in the SCO summit. However, it is not yet clear whether Modi will hold talks with these two leaders.
The news agency quoted sources in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs as saying that two bilateral meetings with Modi are scheduled. First with Russian President Putin and second with host Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Both meetings will be on the sidelines of the SCO Summit.
The war between Russia and Ukraine started in February and it continues till now. There has been a lot of damage on both sides. After an initial advance, Russian forces have retreated in recent days, inflicting heavy losses in the northern part of Ukraine. On the other hand, the food crisis has deepened due to this war. Modi and the Uzbek President can take some concrete initiatives together with Putin on the issue of Ukraine.
According to sources, since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war between Modi and Putin, there have been several phone conversations. The two will sit face to face for the first time since the start of the war. According to Manish Prabhat, Indian Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Modi may also meet some other leaders. It is not yet clear whether Modi will meet the Chinese President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs is also refraining from saying anything in this matter.
The eyes of the world and especially America will be at another meeting. The talks between Jinping and Putin have been announced by both countries. America is stuck with both countries. In such a situation, the SCO platform can affect the world order this time.
According to Manish Prabhat, Ambassador of India to Uzbekistan, due to Kovid, big leaders could not meet for two years. Therefore, this time important talks can be held regarding business and trade of Central Asian countries. One issue is also related to connectivity and investment.
Iran's President Ibrahim Raisi can also attend this summit. If he comes then it is believed that a meeting between Modi and Reisi will be necessary. Uzbekistan is the host of the 2022 SCO Summit. India is to host it in 2023.