Jaishankar to discuss Afghan situation, other international issues at SCO meet | India News

Jaishankar to discuss Afghan situation, other international issues at SCO meet | India News


NEW DELHI: External afairs minister S Jaishankar will be in Tajikistan on July 13 and 14 for the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) foreign ministers’ meet.
He is expected to hold bilateral talks with foreign ministers of several participating countries. However no meeting is scheduled with his counterparts from either Pakistan or China, both of whom are expected at the meeting in the Tajik capital Dushanbe.
Announcing Jaishankar’s visit, the MEA said the foreign ministers’ conference will assess the preparation for the upcoming meeting of SCO Council of Heads of States on September 16-17 in Dushanbe, and exchange views on current international and regional issues. The Heads of State Council is the top decision making body within the SCO. It meets once a year to adopt guidelines and policies on various matters.
Jaishankar will also participate in a meeting of the SCO Contact Group on Afghanistan. This meeting will discuss the rapidly deteriorating situation in that country following the hasty US pullout. The Afghanistan government will also be a part of this meeting, the MEA said.
Jaishankar’s visit to Tajikistan comes at the invitation of Tajik foreign minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, MEA said, adding that the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting will discuss the achievements of the organisation as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of its formation this year.
The SCO is an eight-member economic and security bloc and has emerged as one of the largest transregional international organisations. It was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan became its permanent members in 2017.





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