India stresses on SCO`s significance in Asia
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Last Updated: Saturday, November 27, 2010, 23:33
New Delhi: Highlighting the growing importance of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in boosting the security in Asia, India has re-affirmed its commitment with the regional grouping of which it aspires to be a member.

Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who was representing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at SCO meet in Dushanbe in Tajikistan on November 25, underscored the importance India attached to its association with the organisation, which over the last decade has emerged as a major player in the area.

"The minister participated both in the closed door meeting of the SCO prime ministers and the expanded session.

He reiterated India's continuing commitment to the SCO and its different bodies," said a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs.

Shinde also held separate conversations with a number of leaders, including the prime ministers of Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Pakistan, besides leaders of delegations from Afghanistan and Mongolia.

The SCO was formed in 2001 and has six member states -- China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

India along with Iran, Pakistan and Mongolia, has the status of an observer state.


First Published: Saturday, November 27, 2010, 23:33

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