The Prime Ministers of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will attend a summit of the heads of government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Monday, while Pakistan will be represented by its parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said.
India is hosting the summit for the first time after it gained full membership of the influential grouping in 2017. The summit will take place in the virtual format.
The MEA said Vice President Venkaiah Naidu will chair the 19th meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government, which is held annually with a focus on trade and economic agenda of the organisation.
“The Prime Ministers from SCO member-states Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will attend the meeting on November 30. Pakistan will be represented by the parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs,” the MEA said in a statement.
Besides the SCO member-states, the four observer states of the SCO — Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia — will also participate in the summit.
The MEA said the President of Afghanistan, the first Vice President of Iran, Prime Minister of Belarus and Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia will represent their countries. Turkmenistan has been invited as a special guest of the host and will be represented by its deputy chairman of the cabinet of ministers.
The SCO secretary-general and the executive director of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) are also scheduled to participate in the virtual summit.
India assumed the chair of the SCO Council of Heads of Government on November 2 last year as per rotation from the previous chair — Uzbekistan — and will complete its year-long tenure on November 30 by hosting the summit.
“It will be the first time that a summit-level meeting will be held under India’s chairmanship since it gained full membership of the organisation in 2017,” the MEA stated.
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