As a nation-state rediscovering its cultural roots and building international bonds. India must remember to hold up and learn from the experience of Rinpoche.
In response, Putin said, 'I know your position on the conflict in Ukraine, your concerns you constantly express. We will do our best to stop this as soon as possible.'
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The mainstream American media on Friday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for telling Russian President Vladimir Putin that this is not the time for war in Ukraine.
The prime minister said India today is one of the most affordable destinations for medical and wellness tourism in the world.
SCO plans single list of terrorist, separatist and extremist groups banned on territories of member states
The grouping also advocated the formation of Afghanistan as an independent, neutral, united, democratic and peaceful state, free from terrorism, war and drugs.
The foreign secretary said several events would be organised by the Uttar Pradesh government in collaboration with the Centre to celebrate this recognition of Varanasi.
Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated India for taking over the rotating Presidency of the Beijing-based eight-member regional grouping.
Earlier this month, S Jaishankar held a telephonic conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, focusing on bilateral cooperation, and Iran nuclear deal.
The two leaders emphasised cooperation in fields like Information Technology, healthcare, higher education etc., based upon India's developmental experience and expertise.
India has shied away from explicitly condemning Russia for the invasion of Ukraine, and instead has been pushing for resolution of the crisis through dialogue.
Russian president Vladimir Putin - who is set to hold a bilateral meeting with PM Modi later in the day - also conveyed a congratulatory message to India for assuming the presidency.
There is no clarity yet on whether there will be a bilateral meeting between Modi and Xi on the sidelines of the summit.
The summit is also being attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and leaders of several central Asian countries.
The meeting was part of Xi's first trip abroad since the early days of the pandemic and for Putin a chance to show Russia has not been fully isolated despite Western efforts.
The sudden announcement of Xi's participation in the SCO summit, shedding his covid concerns has created a buzz. On Wednesday, Xi for the first time in over two years flew out of China.
The typhoon had been expected to make landfall in the afternoon in Zhejiang province, however it is now on track for a direct hit on Shanghai.
Xi Jinping is scheduled to attend a leaders' summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Uzbekistan, where he is expected to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
The SCO was formed in 2001, to promote political, economic and security cooperation among its members.
India and Russia have strong bilateral relations, despite the sanctions against the latter. India has not criticised Russia for the conflict in Ukraine.
It has been six months since the Russia-Ukraine crisis began on February 24. Rajnath was addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Defence Ministers’ meeting in Uzbekistan.