India will host the 22nd summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), for the first time under its chairmanship, in a virtual format in July, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Tuesday. Heads of state of all member-countries, including Russia, China and Pakistan, have been invited, the ministry said in a statement.
Earlier supposed to be an in-person event, the event will be held on July 4 and will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The eight-member group’s defence and foreign ministers attended in-person meetings in India earlier this year.
In addition to member-countries such as China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, India has invited Iran, Belarus and Mongolia as Observer States, the MEA stated. “As per SCO tradition, Turkmenistan has also been invited as the guest of the Chair. Heads of the two SCO Bodies — the Secretariat and the SCO RATS — will also be present,” it stated.
Heads of six international and regional organisations — the UN, ASEAN, CIS, CSTO, EAEU and CICA — have also been invited. India has named the upcoming summit ‘Towards a SECURE SCO’.Most Read 1 Gadar 2 box office collection day 4: Sunny Deol film records biggest Monday collections of all time, nets a total of Rs 173 cr 2 Bigg Boss OTT 2 Finale Live Updates: Elvish Yadav wins Salman Khan’s show, Abhishek Malhan shares message from hospital 3 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Status, Quotes, and Photos 4 OMG 2 box office collection day 4: Pankaj Tripathi-Akshay Kumar film delivers better Monday than opening Friday, earns Rs 55.1 cr 5 Jailer box office collection Day 5: Rajinikanth film set to cross Rs 350-crore mark worldwide on Independence Day
“SECURE”, an acronym coined by Prime Minister Modi at the 2018 SCO Summit. stands for Security; Economy and Trade; Connectivity; Unity; Respect for Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity; and Environment. “These themes have been highlighted during our Chairmanship of SCO,” the MEA stated.
As the Chair, India has set up “new pillars” of cooperation within the bloc, such as Startups and Innovation; Traditional Medicine; Digital Inclusion; Youth Empowerment; and Shared Buddhist Heritage, the statement said. It added that India has worked towards fostering greater people-to-people ties that celebrate the historical and civilisational bonds between the nations, like the various sociocultural events hosted by Varanasi under the framework of the first SCO Cultural and Tourist Capital for 2022-23.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...Advertisement
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