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At Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting, Sushma Swaraj calls terrorism the most overwhelming threat to prosperity

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addresses the Indian community during her visit to Dushanbe on October 11, 2018.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addresses the Indian community during her visit to Dushanbe on October 11, 2018.   | Photo Credit: PTI

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday urged the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), including Pakistan, to cooperate with one another to deal with terrorism, which she called the most overwhelming threat to development and prosperity.

In an apparent reference to the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), she said connectivity initiatives must be based on respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, consultations, good governance, transparency, viability and sustainability. India has opposed the CPEC projects as they passed through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Ms. Swaraj, who is in Tajikistan’s capital to attend a two-day meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government (CHG), said: “Terrorism remains the most overwhelming threat to our common goals of development and prosperity.” As terrorism spread, governments must assume their responsibility and cooperate with one another, she said in the presence of Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. “We have all benefited from globalisation. We must further develop trade and investment cooperation. We support an open, stable international trade regime based on the centrality of the World Trade Organisation.”

She said India supported the appeal to youth, made by the SCO leaders at the Qingdao summit, against radicalisation and congratulated her colleagues on the successful completion of SCO Peace Mission 2018.

Ms. Swaraj said India stood committed to an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled peace process to help Afghanistan emerge as a peaceful, secure, stable, inclusive and economically vibrant nation. “In this context, we welcome the signing of the Protocol of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group on the sidelines of the Qingdao Summit. We would be happy to co-host, with Afghanistan, the next meeting of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group in India.”

It is the second CHG meeting since India became a full SCO member in June 2017. India had been an observer at the forum since 2005.

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