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On Thursday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reached Tajikistan capital Dushanbe to attend a two-day conclave of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation. The main motto of the conference is to put stress on improving cooperation in fighting terrorism and to find out ways to solve the regional and global issues.

Raveesh Kumar Ministry of external affairs spokesperson tweeted that Sushma Swaraj arrived in the beautiful capital of Tajikistan named Dushanbe to attend the SCO Heads of government council Meeting.

He further said that during her stay for the next two days she will be taking part in SCO-related conferences and will be interacting with the Indian people staying there for two-sided meetings. The purpose of the meeting of the SCO’s Council of Heads of Government (CHG) is also expected to look for the current situations in Syria, Afghanistan and the Korean peninsula. This is the second CHG meeting after India became a full member of SCO in 2017 June.

India is witnessing the SCO since 2005 and has usually taken part in all the ministerial-level meetings of the grouping which pay attention mostly on security and economic cooperation in the Eurasian region.

Last year in 2017, India became a whole sole member of the China-dominated grouping and national capital’s admission into it is likely to boost the bloc’s heft in regional geopolitics and trade negotiations. The neighbouring country Pakistan has also granted the membership of SCO in 2017.

The SCO was established at a meeting in Shanghai by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the year 2001. Both the countries India and Pakistan granted its membership last year. At present, the league has eight member countries which symbolize approximately 42 per cent of the total world’s population and 20 per cent of the global GDP.

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