India's SCO membership will open new vistas for cooperation: Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said his country attaches great importance to the launch of the process for India's membership of SCO which will "open new vistas" for broader and productive cooperation between the two sides.

New Delhi: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said his country attaches great importance to the launch of the process for India's membership of SCO which will "open new vistas" for broader and productive cooperation between the two sides.

The process to make India full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) was started at the grouping's annual summit in Russian city of Ufa last month which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a message to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of Independence Day, Putin said, "We attach great importance to the launch of procedure for India's joining the SCO, which opens up new vistas for broader and productive cooperation between our nations."

Putin wished people of India for the Independence Day celebrations on Sunday and expressed confidence of expansion of bilateral ties between the two countries.

"Over decades of independent development, India has achieved impressive success in social, economic, scientific, technological and humanitarian spheres," he said.

"I am confident that by joint efforts we will ensure further growth of the whole gamut of bilateral ties and partnership interaction in addressing the burning issues of regional and global agenda.

"This meets the fundamental interests of our nations and goes in line with providing international stability and security," he said.

India has been an observer country in the SCO for the past 10 years.

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