SCO Foreign Ministers Meeting: EAM Jaishankar presents Indian view on Afghanistan


Foreign Ministers of India, China, Pakistan, and five other member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) convened a key meeting of the group in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on July 14, 2021, with the security situation in Afghanistan and post-COVID recovery among key concerns.

Representing India at the SCO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, EAM Jaishankar tweeted, “Afghanistan, public health and economic recovery are pressing issues. Combating terrorism and extremism is the key purpose of SCO.” The SCO must stop terror financing and disable digital facilitation, he further added.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi are among key member participants at the meeting.

SCO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting 2021: Jaishankar presented Indian view on Afghanistan

•EAM Jaishankar presented the Indian view at the SCO FM Contact Group meeting on Afghanistan at Dushanbe on July 14, 2021. He noted that the world, region, and the Afghan people all want the following:

(i) An independent, peaceful, democratic, prosperous, neutral, and unified nation,

(ii) Cease violence and terrorist attacks against civilians and state representatives, settle the conflict through political dialogue, and respect interests of all ethnic groups,

(iii) Ensure that neighbors are not threatened by terrorism, extremism, and separatism,

(iv) Peace negotiations that reflect the Doha process, Istanbul process, and Moscow format are essential.

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): India

•India has exhibited a keen interest in strengthening its security-related cooperation with the SCO and its Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) which specifically works on issues related to defence and security.

•In 2005, India served as an observer at the SCO. India has been a member participant in the ministerial-level meetings of the group which focuses on economic cooperation and security in the Eurasian region.

About Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

•The Shangai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a permanent international inter-governmental organization, was founded in June 2001 in Shangai (China) by the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Republic of Tajikistan, and the Russian Federation.

•As a counterweight to NATO, the SCO is eight-member security and economic bloc. It has evolved into one of the largest trans-regional international organizations.

•India became a permanent member of SCO in 2017.

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