New Delhi: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh called for concerted efforts to tackle terrorism and other security challenges in the region at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) beginning in Dushanbe on Wednesday. have hope. Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe is also expected to attend the SCO meeting. However, there was no immediate information on the possibility of any bilateral discussions between Singh and Fenghe. However, sources did not rule out the possibility of a meeting between Singh and Wei on the sidelines of the conference.
Rajnath Singh’s office said in a tweet that the Defense Minister is on a visit to Dushanbe from July 27 to 29 to attend the Annual Meeting of Defense Ministers of the member countries of the SCO Group.
It said, ‘‘In the annual meeting, the member countries of the SCO Group discuss issues of defense cooperation and a message is expected to be issued after the discussion.’’
Officials said Singh is expected to raise issues such as regional security challenges, including terrorism, in his address and advocate for concrete ways to deal with them.
The Defense Minister is also expected to meet his Tajik counterpart Col. General Sher Ali Mirzo and discuss bilateral and other issues of mutual interest with him.
Bilateral talks between Rajnath Singh and Fenghe were held on the sidelines of the annual meeting between defense ministers of SCO countries in Moscow on September 4 last year.
This was the first high-level face-to-face meeting between the two sides since the military standoff between India and China in eastern Ladakh in early May last year. Tajikistan is chairing the SCO this year and the minister and is organizing a series of officer level meetings.
SCO is seen on NATO’s answer. It is an eight-member economic and security group that has emerged as the largest inter-regional international organization.
India has shown interest in strengthening security cooperation with the ACO and its Regional Anti-Terrorism Framework (RATS) which deals exclusively with security and defense related matters.