Sushma Swaraj talks about Afghanistan, terrorism at SCO meet

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reiterated India’s commitment to securing peace and security in war-ravaged Afghanistan in her speech at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting on Wednesday.

“India’s commitment to regional connectivity is evident from our involvement in International North-South Transport Corridor, Chabahar Port, Ashgabat Agreement and India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway”, she said.

“We’ve also operationalized air freight corridors between Kabul & Kandahar & New Delhi and Mumbai in 2017. We welcome regional connectivity initiatives, that are inclusive, sustainable, transparent and respect the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity”, she added.

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Citing the dastardly Pulwama attack which killed 44 CRPF soldiers, the responsibility of which was claimed by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), she expressed her wishes for the victims of Sri Lanka bombings.

“Our heart goes out to our brothers and sisters of Sri Lanka, who have recently witnessed the ghastly act of terrorism. Our wounds of Pulwama attack were still raw and news from neighborhood has made us more determined to fight firmly resolutely against this menace.”, she said.

External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj called on Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov ahead of meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Bishkek.

The two-day Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting, from May 21 to May 22, will see all sides exchange views on issues of international and regional importance, along with reviewing the preparation for the SCO Summit in Bishkek from June 13-14, according to the MEA.

The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the then-Presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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