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Build anti-terrorism into Shanghai Cooperation framework: India

The eight members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) should strengthen cooperation against terrorism and build it into its framework, India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in New York on September 20.

Sep 21, 2017
By Arul Louis
 
The eight members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) should strengthen cooperation against terrorism and build it into its framework, India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in New York on September 20.
 
Speaking at the ministerial meeting of the SCO,  Swaraj strongly condemned terrorism and said an anti-terrorism structure should be a part of the organisation of which Pakistan is a member.
 
She said that discussions should continue on a business security architecture for the organisation.
 
On the sidelines of the meeting, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi warmly greeted Swaraj.
 
India joined the organisation last June. Besides Russia, its other members are the Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
India would cooperate extensively in developing SCO as an effective regional platform, and connectivity among the members is a priority for India but it must built with respect for sovereignty, she said.
 
“We want connectivity to pave the way for cooperation and trust between our societies,” she added.
 
In this context she mentioned three transportation projects that are relevant to the connectivity goals even though some of it are out of the SCO – the North-South Transport Corridor, the Chabahar Agreement and the Ashgabat Agreement.
 
The Chabahar agreement between India and Iran is for developing a port there and ultimately developing connections to it that could extend to Kazakhstan through Turkmenistan.
 
The Ashgabat Agreement, which is India is in the process of trying to join, is for a transport corridor linking Oman, Iran, Turkmenistan,Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan.
 
This corridor is to synchronise ultimately with the North-South corridor to provide a link from India to Europe.

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