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‘We must take joint steps to restore peace in Afghanistan’: PM Modi at SCO summit

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday virtually addressed the plenary session of the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit to be held in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe.

At the beginning of the speech, PM Modi welcomed the new members and dialogue partners to the summit and congratulated the people of the host country Tajikistan. PM Modi said, “This year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the SCO. I welcome Iran as a new member country of the SCO. I also welcome the three new dialogue partners – Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Qatar. ”

Speaking on the ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan, its internal and external impacts and issues related to regional security, PM Modi stressed on the global effort to bring peace in the region.

“The 20th anniversary of the SCO is the right time to think about the future of the SCO. The biggest challenges in the region are related to the lack of peace, security and trust, and the root cause of these problems is increased radicalization. Recent developments in Afghanistan This challenge is made clear. We must take a joint step to restore peace in the region.”

Liberal and tolerant Islamic values ​​already exist. The Indian Prime Minister said that the SCO should help propagate such ideas in the region.

Further in his address, Prime Minister Modi supported trade routes for countries in land-locked Central Asia with India.

“The expansion of SCO reflects the influence and influence of this growing organization. Connectivity is the biggest issue in Central Asia. India is committed to increasing its connectivity with Central Asia. We believe that India is a land-locked Central Asian country. can benefit immensely by connecting with the vast market of “

It should be noted that this is the first SCO meeting that is being held in person and virtual, and the fourth where India will participate as a full member.

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