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SCO- Afghanistan Contact Group Meeting, Moscow (October 11, 2017)

October 12, 2017

Secretary (West), Smt. Ruchi Ghanashyam led the Indian delegation to the meeting of SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group Meeting that was held in Moscow on October 11, 2017. This was the first meeting of the Group following the expansion of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in June 2017 with India becoming its full member.

India shared its perspectives on the situation in Afghanistan, including security challenges posed by terrorism imposed from beyond its borders, the need to strengthen Afghan National Defence and Security Forces, need for an Afghan led, Afghan owned and Afghan controlled national peace and reconciliation in an environment free of terror and violence, continued assistance for socio-economic development based on priorities of the people of Afghanistan, and ensuring greater connectivity and regional integration for Afghanistan.

India conveyed its readiness to work closely with the SCO member States in efforts to bring peace, prosperity and stability in Afghanistan.

The next meeting of the Contact Group will be held in Beijing in early 2018.

October 12, 2017


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