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On Tuesday, the 20th summit of the SCO took place virtually. Top officials of 8 member states - India, Pakistan, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were present.
In the SCO summit, several SCO meetings were conducted. The meeting was led by Russia President Vladimir Putin and attended by Modi, Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
There were objections from New Delhi, when Imran Khan Government’s NSA mentioned of a map of Pakistan that violated the territorial integrity of India at the SCO National Security Advisor-level virtual meet.
PM Modi attacked Pakistan at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) forum by restating about India’s belief in raising its voice against terrorism.
Earlier, Modi had also raised the matter at the SCO head-of-state meeting, saying, “It is unfortunate that many attempts are being made to unnecessarily bring bilateral issues into the SCO agenda. This is a violation of SCO charter and Shanghai spirit,” he had said.
India gets support from Russia on the fact that bilateral matters should not be raised at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) forum.
After Pakistan attempted to raise India-Pakistan matters at the virtual meet this development came.
The Russian Deputy Envoy to Delhi, Roman N Babushkin, in response to a question by WION, said, "This is a part of SCO charter and SCO basic documents not to bring the bilateral issue into the agenda. It has been made clear to all members states that it should be avoided...for the sake of the progress of multilateral cooperation."
"The importance of SCO is to deal with regional challenges, to promote economic, financial, humanitarian partnership among member states in order to keep the momentum...we will not interfer in bilateral issues of India and Pakistan...Our position remains consistent and unchanged. We hope such kind of instances will not appear," he added, further.
By Neha Makhija