External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will represent India at the upcoming summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the Russian city of Sochi. The SCO summit will be held on November 30 and December 1 and it is likely to discuss the regional security scenario besides several other issues.
In June, India along with Pakistan had become a full-fledged member of the SCO, a China-dominated security grouping which is increasingly seen as a counterweight to NATO.
“We attach special significance to the SCO in promoting political, economic and people-to-people contacts,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attended the SCO summit in June in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan.
The spokesperson said Ms Swaraj will have bilateral meetings with several leaders on the sidelines of the summit.
Asked whether she will have bilateral meetings with the Pakistan Foreign Minister or call on Chinese premier Li Keqiang, Kumar said her schedule is still being finalised.
“At this stage we cannot say anything,” he said during a media briefing. Read More…