New Delhi, Nov 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reaffirmed India’s commitment to peace, security and prosperity and asserted that it had always opposed terrorism, illegal arms smuggling and money laundering.
Addressing through video conferencing the 20th Summit of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), also attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, PM Modi said India has remained firm in its commitment to working under the SCO as per the principles laid down in the charter.
He expressed regret that unnecessary attempts were being made to bring bilateral issues in the
SCO agenda in violation of the SCO Charter and the Shanghai Spirit. ‘Such efforts are contrary to the spirit of consensus and cooperation that defines SCO,’ he said. The Prime Minister also regretted that the United Nations had completed 75 years but despite many achievements, the
real aim of the UN was still incomplete.
He said India has strong cultural and historic ties with the SCO countries. ‘India believes that to enhance connectivity it is important that we move forward while respecting one another’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Prime Minister said that in this very difficult time of unprecedented epidemic, India’s pharma industry had sent essential medicines to more than 150 countries. ‘As the world’s largest vaccine producing country, India will use its vaccine production and distribution capacity to help the entire humanity in fighting this crisis,’ he said. Russia chaired the meeting.
Russian President and the leaders of four Central Asian States Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan attended the Summit.