The pandemic and the Ukrainian crisis have disrupted supply chains around the world. In this regard, the countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) need to make efforts to create reliable supplies in the region. This was announced at the organization’s summit on Friday, September 16, by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He pointed out that India is in favor of expanding cooperation and building confidence among the SCO member states.
“We are in favor of expanding cooperation between the SCO countries in the field of traditional medicine. That is why India has taken the lead in establishing a new SCO working group on traditional medicine,” Modi said.
According to him, the SCO member states are making an invaluable contribution to economic recovery, they account for approximately 30% of global GDP and 40% of the global population.
“That is why India stands for the development of cooperation among the countries of the organization,” he stressed.
Earlier at the summit, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called the SCO the most successful international organization. He also suggested building up cooperation between the SCO countries in the military-political sphere.
On the same day, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry Kirill Barsky told Izvestia that the interest of an increasing number of countries in participating in the activities of the SCO is due to the fact that in the context of the global trend towards regionalization and against the backdrop of an unprecedented escalation of global tension, many are considering this structure as one of the anchor points. Barsky noted that today this integration structure includes a total of 18 countries – both full members and observers and dialogue partners.
On September 15, on the sidelines of the summit, talks were held between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry called the talks excellent. He added that the assessments of the current international situation in Russia and China fully coincide and the countries will continue to coordinate their actions.
Earlier that day, it became known that Iran had signed a memorandum on joining the SCO.
The summit started on September 15 in Samarkand. The agenda of the summit includes deepening cooperation “in the context of the global transformations taking place in the world.”