India has said, it accords high priority to strengthening ties with Sanghai Cooperation Organisation, SCO partners bilaterally on the basis of equality, mutual respect and understanding. Addressing the SCO Defence Ministers’ meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today said that India accords high priority to the consolidation of trust in the security domain within SCO.
He added that the challenge today is not just one of concepts and norms, but equally of their sincere practice. He reiterated India’s resolve to work within the SCO framework for helping create and maintain a peaceful, secure and stable region. The Defence Minister said, India also reiterated commitments to partner with fellow SCO Member-States to develop joint institutional capacities that respect individual national sensitivities.
Mr Singh congratulated Member-States of the SCO on successful completion of 20 years of its existence. He said that though India joined the organisation in 2017, historical and civilisational relations and geographical connects make India inseparable from the SCO. On the issue of terrorism, Mr Singh said that terrorism is the most serious threat to international peace and security.
He observed that any act of terror and support to such acts, including cross border terrorism, committed by whomsoever, wherever and for whatever motives, is a crime against humanity. He also reaffirmed India’s resolve to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.