Sunday , October 17 2021

PM returns home after attending SCO Summit; Qingdao declaration signed

The SCO summit concluded with the adoption of the Qingdao declaration. The declaration calls for implementing the three-year plan to combat terrorism, separatism and extremism. It also calls for implementation of the treaty on long-term good neighbourliness, friendship and co-operation.

SCO Member states also exchanged documents on major issue like economic cooperation, security, regional peace and the ways to tackle terrorism. A total of 22 documents have been signed by the SCO countries, including preventing radicalization of youth and prevention of narcotics. The SCO Action plan for 2019 to 2020 was also signed. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home on Sunday night after attending the SCO Summit in Chinese city of Qingdao. During his two-day visit to China, the Prime minister also held bilateral talks with the leaders of SCO member nations including the Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In his Address at the plenary session of the 18th SCO Summit, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of security and connectivity. He said that connectivity with the neighbourhood in the SCO region is India’s priority.

PM highlighted India’s universal brotherhood, and neighborhood policy and called upon member states to cooperate in the fields of Agriculture, Water Resources and Pharma.

The Prime Minister also asserted that only six percent of foreign tourists in India are from SCO countries, which he said can be doubled easily by increasing awareness about the shared cultures. 

Attending India’s first summit as a full member of the SCO, Prime Minister Modi also floated the concept of SECURE: ‘S’ for security for citizens, ‘E’ for economic development, ‘C’ for connectivity in the region, ‘U’ for unity, ‘R’ for respect of sovereignty and integrity, and ‘E for environment protection. 

He also called for setting up a specific roadmap for the 25th anniversary of SCO in 2026 for the organisation to grow. 

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