September 27, 2022

Afghan’s latest developments could exacerbate trend towards extremism: PM to SCO

Prime Minister virtually participates in 21st Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the problems has caused by growing radicalisation and extremism in the broader Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) region, which runs counter to the history of the region as a bastion of moderate and progressive cultures and values. He noted that recent developments in Afghanistan could further exacerbate this trend towards extremism.

The Prime Minister participating virtually was addressing at the 21st Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO, and through video-message in the Joint SCO-CSTO Outreach Session on Afghanistan.

The 21st meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State was held in Dushanbe in hybrid format on September 17. The meeting was chaired by Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon.

PM Modi addressed the Summit via video-link.  At Dushanbe, India was represented by External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar.  

He suggested that SCO could work on an agenda to promote moderation and scientific and rational thought, which would be especially relevant for the youth of the region.  

He also spoke about India’s experience of using digital technologies in its development programmes, and offered to share these open-source solutions with other SCO members.

While speaking about the importance of building connectivity in the region, the Prime Minister stressed that connectivity projects should be transparent, participatory and consultative in order to promote mutual trust.  

The SCO Summit was followed by an outreach session on Afghanistan between SCO and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO).  The Prime Minister participated in the outreach session through a video-message.

In the video message, Prime Minister suggested that SCO could develop a code of conduct on ‘zero tolerance’ towards terrorism in the region, and highlighted the risks of drugs, arms and human trafficking from Afghanistan. Noting the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, he reiterated India’s solidarity with the Afghan people.

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