India attaches special importance to SCO as an excellent platform for interactions and cooperation: Amit Shah

NEW DELHI: India attaches special importance to the SCO as an excellent platform to synergize efforts in the field of multilateral, political, security, economic and mutual cooperation interactions, Minister of the Interior of the Union Amit Shah He said Friday. Addressing the tenth meeting of the heads of the member states (SCO), he also said that it is an important platform for regional reach.

The meeting discussed issues related to the prevention and elimination of emergency situations.

India attaches special importance to the SCO as an excellent platform to synergize the efforts of all member states in the field of multilateral, political, security, economic and person-to-person interaction in the region and develop personal understanding between teams counterpart when they work together to face any disaster situation, Shah said here.

The Interior Minister reported that India has participated in more than 20 ministerial meetings in the last two years.

India has always been the first respondent in situations of humanitarian assistance and disaster management in the region of the Indian subcontinent, he said.

Shah also stressed the need for all stakeholders to focus on building a disaster-resistant infrastructure to minimize the loss of life and property.

Taking initiatives in this direction last September, prime minister Narendra Modi launched the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York, he said.

Shah expressed his pride in organizing a SCO ministerial meeting for the first time in India, and hoped that this meeting would bring all SCO nations together to discuss an effective strategy to build a disaster-resistant infrastructure and strengthen capacities. from others to efficiently deal with future disasters by sharing best practices.

This forum would become an important platform to increase mutual cooperation between SCO nations in disaster management, he said.

Shah said he presents new challenges in disaster management.

He stressed the fact that all SCO nations must make a concerted and synchronized effort to protect people from disasters and this task must be carried out jointly.

Shah hoped that the Joint Exercise on Urban Earthquake Search and Rescue (SCOJtEx) -2019 and this ministerial meeting organized in New Delhi would help finalize the disaster management action plan for the year 2020-21.

The protocol to be signed will open new perspectives for cooperation among SCO nations in this regard, he said.

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