Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend next week’s virtual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) being hosted by India, an official announcement said on Friday.
At the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Xi will attend via video conference in Beijing, the 23rd meeting of the Council of Heads meeting of the SCO and deliver important remarks,Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a brief press release.
This is the first official announcement about Xi’s participation in the SCO summit being hosted by India. The SCO Council of Heads of State is scheduled to take place on July 4 and will be chaired virtually by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to the statement released by SCO.
As per SCO tradition, Turkmenistan has also been invited as the guest of the Chair. The heads of the two SCO bodies—the Secretariat and the SCO RATS—will also be present. The heads of six international and regional organisations have also been invited. In 2022, India assumed the presidency of the SCO Summit as the culmination of its Chairmanship. The rotational presidency remains with India until September 2023.