SCO foreign ministers expected to finalize 15 decisions or proposals in Friday’s meeting. India News – Times of India

Benaulim (Goa): Foreign Minister of the country Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states will finalize a set of 15 decisions or proposals in their deliberations on Friday for consideration at the grouping’s summit in July, people familiar with the matter said.
The resolutions aim to expand cooperation among SCO member states in the areas of trade, technology, commerce, security and socio-cultural ties.
SCO Council of Foreign Ministers‘ Meeting at the seaside Taj Exotica resort in Benaulim of Goa It will be presided over by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
chinese foreign minister Qin Gangof Russia sergei lavrovPakistan’s Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Uzbekistan’s Bakhtior Saidov are among those who have already reached Goa to attend the meeting.
Friday’s meeting is expected to finalize agreements to include Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Myanmar and the Maldives as dialogue partners in the SCO, the people cited above said.
He said that the process of admitting Iran and Belarus as full members of the grouping is reaching its final stage.
The people also said a proposal on settlement of trade in national currencies by SCO member states is also part of the grouping’s overall agenda to boost cooperation.
The SCO foreign ministers are also expected to deliberate on global issues including the Ukraine crisis and the situation in Afghanistan.
Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Dammu Ravi said, “The most important task before the foreign ministers of the SCO will be to assess the status of the decisions, which will be approved at the SCO summit in New Delhi in July.” told reporters.
“The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the state of multilateral cooperation in the SCO, regional and global issues of interest, progress on reform and modernization of the organization and the inclusion of Iran and Belarus in the SCO as new member states.” Said.
“As you are aware, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spelled out India’s priorities for the SCO presidency with the theme ‘Towards a Secure SCO’,” Ravi said.
He said the acronym SECURE was given by Modi at the 2018 Qingdao summit of the SCO and it would determine the main focus areas under India’s ongoing chairmanship.
SECURE stands for security, economic development, connectivity, unity, respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, and environmental protection.
Under the chairmanship of the SCO, India has hosted over 100 meetings and events.
India is emerging as a major player among SCO countries, although China and Russia are seen as key drivers of the grouping, which is increasingly seen as an “alternative” to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Is.
India is hosting the SCO summit at a time when its ties with China are under severe strain over the border dispute in eastern Ladakh.
People familiar with the preparations for the conclave said the foreign ministers will deliberate on the overall challenges facing the region in the backdrop of the current geopolitical turmoil and the state of bilateral relations among the member states will not influence the discussions.
SCO is an influential economic and security bloc and has emerged as one of the largest intra-regional international organizations.
It was established at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
India and Pakistan became its permanent members in 2017.
India was made an observer at 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.
India has shown keen interest in deepening its security-related cooperation with the SCO and its Regional Anti-Terrorism Framework (RATS), particularly on issues related to security and defence.