Modi leaves for home after Tashkent visit

Tashkent: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday left for home after a two-day visit to the Uzbek capital to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit here. "Thank you Tashkent! A short but productive visit for the SCO Summit ends as PM @narendramodi departs for India," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. The SCO summit saw the six-member China-led bloc launch the process for India's absorption as a member. Modi also held a series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines, including with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, and with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Friday. He later also offered tribute at the bust of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. "Paying homage to a great son of India. PM @narendramodi offers flowers at the bust of former PM Shastri," Swarup tweeted. Modi also spoke with the Uzbek sculptor of the bust. "A moment with the scuptor. PM greets Yaakov Shapiro, the Uzbek sculptor of former PM Shastri's bust," Swarup posted.