Speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit's Plenary session on Friday, June 14 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, PM Modi shared India's support for Afghan-led peace process and also gave a 'HEALTH' mantra to nations.
"Our vision is to encourage healthy cooperation between our states. Regarding HEALTH, a template can be created which will be helpful for this vision. H for Healthcare cooperation, E for Economic Cooperation, A for Alternate Energy, L for Literature and culture, T for terrorism free society, H for Humanitarian cooperation," he said.
Elaborating on his 'HEALTH' mantra, he added that India was ready to share its experience in medical tourism while stressing on the importance of visionary, indiscriminate, open and fair trade practices between countries.
"H for Healthcare cooperation. In 2019-2021, SCO must focus on healthcare projects. India will be happy to share its experience in telemedicine and medical tourism. E for Economic Cooperation. Economic cooperation is the foundation of our people's lives. A protectionist and preferential attitude has never helped anyone. In the World Trade Organisation, we need visionary, indiscriminate, open and fair trade practices. While doing this the interests of developed countries will also be considered. India is ready to work at a progressive pace with SCO on these economic matters. As we are deliberating on important economic matters, digitization will be useful," he added.
Talking on the importance of alternate energy, he shared India's current global position on solar generation adding that India was ready to share its experience in energy research.
"A for Alternate energy. We consider nature as our mother and encourage wind and water-based energy sources. Today India is 6th in the world in renewable energy and solar energy generation. Inter-country energy contracts must be encouraged and the needed capital must be raised. We are ready to share our experience in energy research with the SCO countries," he said.
Citing encouragement of culture and literature as a means to stop terrorism, he said that Indian films were recently displayed at the Tashkent film festival along with Uzbeki films.
"L for literature, our relations will be deepened by the exchange of literature and skills which will help Indian youth. Indian literature will be translated into10 SCO languages. In the SCO nations, in Uzbekistan, the Tashkent film festival was inaugurated with entertaining Bollywood and Uzbeki films were displayed. Literature and culture give our society an affirmative activity, especially stopping the spread of terror amongst our youngsters," he said.
On day 1 of the SCO summit, PM Modi snubbed Pakistan by not shaking hands with the Pakistani counterpart even as Imran Khan said that outstanding issues with India must be resolved through dialogue. India had already clarified that there would be no bilateral meeting between the two leaders. This comes despite the Pakistan Prime Minister writing a letter to Modi recently, saying Islamabad wants dialogue with New Delhi to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries. Moreover, Modi's chartered plane did not take the Pakistani air space for flying to Bishkek and instead flew via the circuitous route through Oman and Iran.