India to host SCO Summit in New Delhi
India will host the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in New Delhi On July 3–4, which will be Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s first visit to the country since the conflict in Ukraine. The agenda for the Summit, which is anticipated to centre on counter-terror, Afghan stability, inclusive connectivity efforts including Chabahar Port & INSTC, aside from India’s extensive outreach to Eurasia, will be finalised at the SCO Foreign Ministers meeting next week in Goa on May 4-5.
SCO Summit: Key Point
- Lekhi stated that although most foreign ministers of member states of SCO have confirmed their participation for the upcoming meetings, confirmation from the foreign ministers of China and Pakistan is still awaited.
- Almost all countries, except for Pakistan, have attended SCO in-person meetings held in India. In preparation for the Summit, several important meetings will take place ahead, including the National Security Advisors meeting on March 29th, the Defence Ministers meeting in Delhi from April 27th-28th, and the foreign ministers’ meeting in Goa on May 4th-5th.
- Pakistan has only attended SCO meetings virtually so far. During the SCO Chief Justices meeting on March 10th, Pakistan was demoted. Pakistan attended the Power Ministers meet and another one on shared Buddhist heritage.
- Recently, Pakistan opted out of an SCO Armed Forces Contribution in Military, Medical, Healthcare, and Pandemics meeting after the Indian side raised objections regarding the use of their maps showing Kashmir as their territory. This seminar was meant to share the best practices for military medical, healthcare, and pandemic preparedness.
- On March 15th, Pakistan’s new Charge d’Affaires Salman Sharif attended a meeting of Heads of Ministries and Departments of SCO member states. They were responsible for the development of physical culture and sports. On March 17th, Pakistan attended the SCO Tourism meet virtually in Kashi.
When SCO was founded?
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) was founded over twenty years ago and comprises eight member countries, including Russia, India, China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. This grouping covers over 60% of the Eurasian landmass, 30% of the global GDP, and 40% of the world population.
Members of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO):
The member states include India, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kygystan, Tajikstan, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan. Iran may become a member this year. The SCO also has dialogue partners such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Egypt are also expected to become dialogue partners.