China to host SCO meet at Qingdao in June
Beijing: China on Wednesday announced that this year's summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will be held in the city of Qingdao in June.
The SCO is comprised of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.
China, which is one of the founders of the organisation, plays an influential role in it. The SCO focuses on security- related issues of the region specially on counter terrorism cooperation.
India and Pakistan were admitted as full members of the organisation at the summit in Astana last year.
"As the rotating president of the SCO, China will hold the SCO summit in Qingdao in June," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. Geng said China is in close coordination with all SCO members to make arrangements.
"We will work with relevant partners to ensure the success of the summit and to inject new impetus to the SCO," he said.
Asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi has confirmed his participation in the summit, he said "I have just given feedback that the SCO summit will be held in June. As for the attendance of relevant countries of course we welcome the heads of state and leaders of all the members to participate in the summit".