Shehbaz to meet Xi on SCO sidelines


[**EDS: TWITTER IMAGE POSTED BY @PMOIndia ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2022** Samarkand: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting on the sidelines of SCO Summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. ( /PTI] Samarkand, Sep 16 : Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday in Uzbekistans historic city of Samakarkand on the sidelines of the ongoing Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit. Earlier on Friday, he met Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, while he was also set to meet the Kazakh President later in the day. Friday rather a busy day for world leaders gathered for the summit at it is the main summit day, Samaa TV reported. On Thursday, the Prime Minister met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iran's Ebrahim Raisi. He also met with the president of Tajikistan and Kyrgystan. Sharif declared his meetings on Thursday as "productive". In a tweet, he said that he discussed enhancing trade and investment. "I explained the flood ravages due to climate change. Food & energy shortages present a real challenge to our shared development agenda," the premier tweeted. Russia on Thursday expressed an interest in providing gas through pipelines to Pakistan, noting that some of the infrastructure for the ambitious project is already in place. There was also a desire expressed by Moscow to work with Islamabad to "settle" the Afghanistan issue. /IANS


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