Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that he believes the biggest challenges in the region (Central Asia) are related to peace, security & trust deficit. Addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit through virtual mode, he said that the root cause of problems facing the region is increasing radicalisation.
On Afghanistan, he said that the recent developments have made the challenge posed by radicalisation more clear. “SCO should work to develop a strong network among moderate, tolerant and inclusive institutions & traditions associated with Islam,” the Prime Minister said.
PM Modi also welcomed Iran as a new member country of SCO.
This is the first SCO Summit being held in a hybrid format and the fourth Summit that India is participating as a full-fledged member of SCO. This Summit assumes significance as the organization is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The Summit assumes a special significance in light of the rapidly evolving situation in the war-torn land of Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover.
At the Summit, the leaders are expected to review the organization’s activities over the past two decades and discuss the state and prospects of future cooperation. Topical issues of regional and international importance are also expected to be discussed.