Act strongly against terrorism and its facilitators, India urges SCO nations

NEW DELHI: India has asked the member countries of the (SCO) to strengthen and implement all existing international laws and mechanisms, without exceptions or double standards, to combat terrorism and its enablers.

“El terrorism continúa perturbando nuestras sociedades y minando nuestros esfuerzos de desarrollo. Es importante que los países de la OCS se unan para enfrentar esta amenaza , dijo el ministro de Defensa Rajnath Singh Speaking as the special envoy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the council of SCO heads of government in Uzbekistan on Saturday.

The SCO has eight full members: India, Russia, China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, while six other nations are dialogue partners and four have been recognized as observers.

While the globalization process has opened immense opportunities for the growth of SCO members, it has also revealed multidimensional, complex and transnational threats affecting developing countries, Singh said.

SCO nations must work together to defeat challenges like terror, climate change, endemic poverty, under- development, pandemics and inequality, he said, while congratulating Russia for successfully conducting the grouping’s military exercise ‘CENTER 2019’ in Orenburg to evolve drills of the participating armies in the fight against international terrorism .

Regarding economic development, the defense minister said that the Indian government had resolved to provide an economic ecosystem conducive for partner countries to invest and do business in India.

He listed several initiatives taken by India, ranging from relaxing and allowing 100% of foreign investment in contract manufacturing to facilitating supply standards for single-brand retailers and approving 26% of foreign investment in digital media.

Highlighting the government program Make in India and the measures taken to improve the ease of doing business in the country, Singh invited SCO countries to participate in collaborative joint ventures in India.