Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Tashkent on Tuesday to attend the SCO Defence Ministers Meeting, which is to take place on August 24. Minister Rajnath Singh held a bilateral meeting with Uzbekistan counterpart Lt Gen Bakhodir Kurbanov. During the Annual Meeting, the SCO Member States will discuss defence cooperation and it is expected that a joint communique will be issued after the deliberations. Rajnath Singh’s address at the meeting is slated to be held on August 24, 2022.
All About This Tour:
Meetings are also scheduled with Defence Ministers’ of some other Member countries of SCO on the sidelines of this meeting, where bilateral issues and issues of mutual interest will be discussed. During the stay in Tashkent, Rajnath Singh shall pay homage at the monument of Late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and meet the Indian Diaspora in Uzbekistan.
A Note On SCO:
- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization consists of Nine-member. Now the full time member have bacame Nine after the Conversion of Iran Status to Full time Member from Oberserver Status, in the 21st Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation which was held recently by video Conferencing mode in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
- Shangai Cooperation Organisation was established on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai, China by the Heads of following nations, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan. Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
- These nations, except for Uzbekistan, had been members of the Shanghai Five group which was formed on 26 April 1996 by the Treaty of Deepening Military Trust in Border Regions.
- India and Pakistan signed the memorandum of obligations (MOB) in June 2016 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, hence intiating the formal process of joining the as full members