India and Pakistan will be accepted as members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) this week at a summit to be attended by President Xi Jinping in Astana, Kazakhstan. The move will make the SCO one of the biggest regional organizations, covering about half of the world's population. SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov told CGTN that it will be a historical meeting that the SCO leaders will sign the special agreement to welcome India and Pakistan.

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