The 13th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization opens in the Kyrgyz city of Bishkek to discuss ways and means to enhance cooperation in diverse fields among the member-nations.
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev being Chairman of the SCO will open the Summit.
The SCO's objectives include promoting peace and stability in the region through building stronger and more productive relationship among the member countries.
Note: i. Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security‚ Sartaj Aziz will represent Pakistan at the Summit. Pakistan is an observer in the SCO and is seeking a full membership status of the Organization.
India’s participation at the SCO
- India participated in the 2005 SCO Summit at the level of Hon’ble External Affairs Minister (EAM) and has since participated in subsequent Summits at the Ministerial or lower levels; except for the Yekaterinburg (Russia) Summit in 2009, which was attended by Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
- Since 2005, India has also been actively participating in all SCO fora open to Observers. This has included meetings of SCO Ministers for Trade, Transport, Culture, Interior/Home and Emergency Situations; SCO Business Forums; SCO ‘Energy Club’, etc. In particular, India has been cooperating in the field of counter-terrorism with SCO’s Regional Counter/Anti-Terrorism Structure (RCTS/RATS), based in Tashkent.