- India joined the SCO as an observer in 2005, and since then, it has regularly taken part in its ministerial-level conferences
- The leaders of Russia, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan met in Shanghai in 2001 to establish the SCO.
Tuesday marks the start of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s three-day trip to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, to attend a defence ministerial conclave of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Along with their colleagues from other SCO members, the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and the Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe are anticipated to attend the meeting.
Three weeks or so before the powerful grouping’s annual summit, the SCO defence ministerial meeting is taking place.
The meeting will take place in Samarkand from September 15 to 16.
“I’ll be in Uzbekistan tomorrow, August 23, to attend the SCO Defence Ministers Meeting in Tashkent. I will speak with the Indian community in addition to my bilateral meeting with Lt. General Nizamovich, the defence minister of Uzbekistan. anticipating it, “Singh stated on Monday in a tweet.
Singh will meet with some of the SCO member countries’ defence ministers during his visit to Tashkent from August 23 to 25, the defence ministry.
No information is available, though, regarding whether Singh and Shoigu will meet.
At many flashpoints in eastern Ladakh, Indian and Chinese forces have been locked in a protracted standoff for more than two years.
On August 24, Singh is slated to give a speech at the SCO gathering.
Raksha Mantri will meet with Lieutenant General Bakhodir Kurbanov, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan, during his visit to Tashkent, statement from the defence ministry.
On the fringes of this meeting, discussions with the defence ministers of a few other SCO members are also planned, where bilateral matters and matters of shared interest will be discussed, it was said.
Discussions about regional security issues, such as the conditions in Afghanistan and Ukraine, are anticipated at the SCO meeting.
The SCO has grown to become one of the biggest transregional international organisations and is a powerful economic and security bloc.
In 2017, it added Pakistan and India as permanent members.
The leaders of Russia, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan met in Shanghai in 2001 to establish the SCO.
With the SCO and its Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS), which focuses on security and defense-related problems, India has demonstrated a strong interest in strengthening its security-related cooperation.
India joined the SCO as an observer in 2005, and since then, it has regularly taken part in its ministerial-level conferences, which largely discuss security and economic co-operation in the Eurasian region.