Sushma calls to counter terrorism
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday called for cooperation in counterterrorism efforts and enhanced connectivity between member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). “Terrorism remains the most overwhelming threat to our common goals of development and prosperity,” Sushma Swaraj said while addressing the 17th Council of Heads of Government meeting of the SCO here. “As the footprint of terrorism expands, governments must assume their national responsibility and cooperate with each other,” she said. “India has actively supported the SCO Qingdao Summit Leaders’ ‘Appeal to Youth’ against radicalisation of youth.” The SCO is a Eurasian inter-governmental organisation, the creation of which was announced in 2001 in Shanghai by Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It was preceded by the Shanghai Five mechanism.