Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leading the Indian delegation to the annual summit on Friday, said that peace, security and lack of trust are the biggest challenges for the Shanghai Corporation Organization (SCO), as radicalization has intensified. . He said that the recent developments in Afghanistan have made this challenge clear. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi earlier in the day and discussed the border dispute with him on the sidelines of the summit. While PM Modi attended the meeting via video link, Jaishankar is in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe.
A Times of India report earlier this month said that taking note of India’s statements on Afghanistan at the UNSC and the United Nations Human Rights Council. There is a possibility that PM Modi will not take the name of Taliban in his statement. India is currently in a wait and watch situation.
The SCO and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which includes Russia and Central Asian states, will hold a joint summit on Afghanistan.
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the summit. The two ministers discussed the current situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh as well as global developments.
A statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said, “India has never supported the doctrine of clash of civilizations. The precedent set by India-China relations, Asian solidarity will depend on what it needs.” That China should avoid looking at its relations with India from the point of view of its relations with third countries.
Jaishankar also met his counterparts from Iran, Armenia and Uzbekistan and exchanged views on recent developments in Afghanistan, addressing regional challenges and ways to boost bilateral ties.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Chinese President Xi Jinping will address the summit via video link. China, which has kept its embassy in Kabul open along with Pakistan and Russia, has maintained close contact with the Taliban’s interim government, although it has not formally recognized it.
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