SCO: Zero tolerance for terrorism in all its manifestations must: India at SCO Foreign Ministers Meeting
Listening to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto, Jaishankar also said that “zero tolerance” for terrorism in all its manifestations is a “must “, in remarks considered as an oblique message to Islamabad.
In his address to the meeting of foreign ministers of the eight-nation bloc, Jaishankar also highlighted the potential of Iran’s Chabahar port for the economic future of the grouping.
The SCO is a key economic and security bloc and has become one of the largest cross-regional international organizations. India and Pakistan became its permanent members in 2017.
The conclave, which was also attended by foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, discussed preparations for the upcoming SCO summit in Samarkand on Sept. 15-16.
The summit is expected to bring together Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders of the grouping.
Speaking about current global challenges, Jaishankar said the response required includes resilient and diversified supply chains as well as reformed multilateralism.
The foreign minister reiterated India’s position on Afghanistan and underlined its humanitarian support to the war-torn country, including the provision of wheat, medicine, vaccines and clothing.
Major highlights of the deliberations included the decision to grant permanent bloc membership to Iran and to make Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia its dialogue partners.
The ministers also supported Bahrain’s and Maldives’ bids for SCO dialogue partner status.
“Participated in the SCO Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Tashkent. Stressed that the world is facing an energy and food crisis due to the disruptions of the Covid pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine. This must be addressed urgently,” Jaishankar tweeted.
“The required response includes resilient and diverse supply chains and reformed multilateralism. Zero tolerance for terrorism in all its manifestations is essential,” he said.
He said India would give “fullest support” to the success of the Samarkand summit.
“Reiterated India’s position on Afghanistan and underlined our humanitarian support: wheat, medicine, vaccines and clothing.
Highlighted the potential of Chabahar Port for SCO’s economic future,” Jaishankar said in another tweet.
He said the meeting was “very useful” to prepare for the Samarkand summit.
“He spoke about economic progress in India, emphasizing the relevance of startups and innovation. Cooperation in traditional medicine is in the common interest of SCO members,” the foreign minister added.
Earlier, all foreign ministers of SCO countries called Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Jaishankar said he conveyed Prime Minister Modi’s personal greetings to the Uzbek President.
“I appreciated the momentum generated by the Uzbek Presidency in the areas of security, economy, trade, connectivity and culture,” he said.
The Foreign Minister held bilateral talks with his counterparts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as well as with the SCO General Secretary.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) said the meeting witnessed a dialogue on international and regional issues.
According to the Uzbek news agency Dunyo, Jaishankar noted that Iran’s entry into the SCO will further strengthen the organization’s influence in the global market.
He said the ministers also support the candidacies of Bahrain and the Maldives for the status of dialogue partners of the SCO.
The SCO is also actively considering an application for full membership in the bloc by Belarus.
“There is a common understanding that the replenishment of the ‘SCO family’ will give significant impetus to multifaceted interaction in the field of regional security, trade, investment and industrial cooperation,” the minister said. Uzbek Foreign Affairs Acting Vladimir Norov.
He said this will contribute to the further development of the organization’s enormous space transportation and transit potential.
The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
India has shown keen interest in deepening its security cooperation with the SCO and its Regional Counter-Terrorism Structure (RATS), which specifically deals with issues related to security and defence.
India was made an observer to the SCO in 2005 and has generally participated in the grouping’s ministerial-level meetings, which mainly focus on security and economic cooperation in the Eurasian region.