India and Pakistan join SCO
The membership of India and Pakistan in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was officially confirmed at the SCO summit in Astana.
Leaders of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have signed the Astana Declaration, the Convention on Combating Extremism and a statement on fight against terrorism, and also confirmed membership of India and Pakistan in the group.
The leaders also approved decisions on the contributions of India and Pakistan due to their new status in the organization. The sides adopted reports of the SCO Secretary-General and a regional anti-terror body of the group on the activity in 2016, TASS reported.