PM Modi addresses SCO 2021 summit, says SCO must develop common model to tackle radicalism and extremism

On September 17, 2021, Prime Minister Modi led the Indian delegation and addressed the plenary session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, virtually.

The 21st meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council was held in a hybrid format. In Dushanbe, India was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs S. Jaishankar.

This was the first meeting of the SCO which took place in a hybrid format and the fourth summit in which India participated as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The 21st SCO Summit has also grown in importance as the organization celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021.

Prime Minister Modi addresses the SCO meeting

• In his speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this year the 20th anniversary of the SCO is being celebrated. He welcomed Iran as a new member of the SCO. Prime Minister Modi also welcomed the three new dialogue partners: Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

• PM Modi added that SCO’s 20th anniversary is a good time to reflect on the future of the organization. The biggest challenges we face in this area relate to security, peace, the trust deficit, and the root cause of all of these problems is growing radicalization. The Prime Minister added that recent developments in Afghanistan have made this challenge extremely clear.

• Prime Minister Modi, in his speech at the SCO summit, noted that young people should be encouraged towards science and rational thinking. He added that we can bring together start-ups and entrepreneurs to create the spirit of innovation and make India a player in emerging technologies.

• Noting the importance of mutual trust, Prime Minister Modi said that any initiative cannot be one-sided. In order to ensure mutual trust, connectivity projects must be transparent, consultative and participatory. The territorial integrity of all countries must be respected.

• Prime Minister Modi stressed that the SCO must develop a common model to fight radicalism and extremism.

EAM meets Russian and Iranian ministers in Dushanbe

Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, who is in Dushanbe representing India at the 21st SCO Summit, met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov ahead of the start of the SCO Summit in Tajikistan.

EAM said the discussion with Russian FM on contemporary issues was useful. Afghanistan was also part of the discussion.

Jaishankar also met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi ahead of the SCO summit.

SCO 2021 summit: key details

• As India will be represented by EAM S. Jaishankar, world leaders present at the meeting are expected to deliberate on the Afghan crisis, its internal and external implications, and regional security issues.

• The summit will be chaired by the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon. It will also see the leaders of the SCO member states, the secretary general of the SCO, observer states, the executive director of the regional counterterrorism structure of the SCO, the president of Turkmenistan, among others.

• During the meeting, Jaishankar is also expected to attend a meeting on Afghanistan with the head of states of the SCO and the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

• The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, the Prime Minister, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, are some of the leaders who will attend the meeting.

About SCO

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a Eurasian economic, political and security alliance that was established on June 15, 2001 in Shanghai, China by the leaders of Uzbekistan, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and from Kyrgyzstan. ‘

The SCO extended its membership to eight states after India and Pakistan as full members in 2017. It is the world’s largest regional organization in terms of population and geographic coverage, covering three-fifths of the Eurasian continent and almost half of the human population. population.

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