On September 17, 2021, the annual summit of SCO was held at Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe. This is the first hybrid format meeting- inversion and virtual. Indian PM Modi addressed this summit via a video link where the Foreign Minister S JaiShankar is in Dushanbe to represent India.
PM Narendra Modi heartily welcomed new members and dialogue partners to the summit and greeted the people of the host country, Tajikistan.
Addressing the SCO Summit. https://t.co/FU9WtFBWeF
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 17, 2021
“This year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of SCO. I welcome Iran as a new member country and the three new dialogue partners – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Qatar in the SCO,” PM Modi said in his address.
He further added that SCO should develop a shared template to fight radicalism and extremism. India is committed to increasing its connectivity with Central Asia where the countries can benefit immensely by connecting with India’s vast market. Any connectivity initiative cannot be one-way.
To ensure mutual trust, connectivity projects should be consultative, transparent, and participatory. There should be respect for the territorial integrity of all countries.
“We expect cooperation & support from all SCO countries in the calendar of activities proposed by India under its presidency of the SCO. The fight against radicalization is not just important for regional security and inter-trust, it is important for the future of our youth” PM Modi said further in his address.
On the celebration of the 20th anniversary of SCO, he heartily welcomes Iran and the three new dialogue partners – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Qatar, the new members of SCO.