External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj will be participating in the 17th Council of Heads of Government meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 11-12 October, 2018.
National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 11 October 2018
This will be the second CHG meeting since India became a full member of SCO in June 2017. Last year, CHG meeting was held in Sochi, Russia and was also attended by EAM. The Prime Minister led the official delegation to the SCO Summit of Heads of State in Qingdao, China on 9-10 June 2018. India has participated in a number of meetings of the Organisation with over 12 Ministerial level meetings since joining SCO last year.
EAM’s programme in Dushanbe will include participation in the SCO Council of Heads of Government meeting, both in the restricted as well as extended formats. The SCO CHG meeting is a forum that enables India to engage with SCO member countries and Observer states of Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia. It is the first major meeting since Kyrgyzstan took over as chair of the Organisation.
The leaders will be discussing prospects for further development of SCO and will exchange in-depth views on current international and regional issues.