HIGHLIGHTS:

  • In the summit, PM Modi emphasized that the SCO should develop a shared template to fight radicalism and extremism
  • PM Modi welcomed Iran as the new member of the SCO
  • At the summit, India assured its commitment towards increasing its connectivity with Central Asia
  • Prime Minister underlined the need to encourage talented youngsters towards science and rational thinking

Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. In the summit, he emphasized that the SCO should develop a shared template to fight radicalism and extremism.

Keeping in mind the occasion, PM Modi mentioned that it is the right time to think about the future of SCO. He pointed out the biggest challenge to peace, security, and trust deficit is the increasing radicalization. “The recent developments in Afghanistan have made this challenge clear,” he added.

He reiterated that India is committed to increasing its connectivity with Central Asia. “We believe that landlocked Central Asian countries can benefit immensely by connecting with India’s vast market,” he said. However, he mentioned that any connectivity initiative cannot be one-way. PM Modi suggested that to ensure mutual trust, connectivity projects should be consultative, transparent and participatory.

Addressing the SCO, he extended his wishes as the SCO celebrated its 20th anniversary. On this occasion, he welcomed Iran as the new member of the SCO. Adding to the list, he also welcomed three new dialogue partners, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Qatar.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister underlined the need to encourage talented youngsters towards science, and rational thinking. He suggested bringing together the startups and all the entrepreneurs to make India a stakeholder in emerging technology.

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