Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Terrorism poses a serious threat and drug trafficking and organised crimes are on the rise while expressing confidence in the SCO bloc’s ability to respond promptly to the “new acute challenges.” The SCO plays a major role in ensuring peace and security, as well as sustainable development in Eurasia, he said.
Earlier, on Wednesday he had held a meeting via video conference with foreign ministers of the 8-member Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) where External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar represented India in the Russian capital.
“Acting on the principles of equality and mutual consideration for everyone’s interests, we strive to conduct a joint search for ways of resolving today’s global challenges and we maintain close foreign policy coordination, including in the UN and other international venues,” Putin said.
In his words, the SCO has shown an ability to respond promptly to new acute challenges. “To reiterate, the security situation in Eurasia and neighbouring regions still requires special attention on the part of the SCO. The situation in Afghanistan remains tense, and conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa continue unabated,” he added.
However, there is a lot that still needs to be done in order to expand the interaction between the SCO countries in economic cooperation, with the view of building technological partnerships and create a common transport and logistics infrastructure, to convert to national currencies in mutual transactions as previously agreed. He added that it was gratifying to know that other countries and international organisations were increasingly interested in working with the SCO.
The SCO which currently comprises eight member states: China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and four observer states which include Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia has been requested by 16 other countries to alloy them joining as member states, observers or dialogue partners in the organization. To this Putin expressed his happiness by saying, “This illustrates the authority our organisation enjoys internationally.”