China’s role is welcomed on building Shanghai spirit
A.C. SHAHUL COLOMBO—The Shanghai Cooperation Organisations (SCO) reached yet another milestone at its recently concluded Summit in Tashkent when India and Pakistan joined the union as full members , after signing its Memorandum of Obligations .
Initially organised as the Shanghai Five in 1996 with the People’s Republic of China ; Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian federation and the Tajikistan , Uzbeckistan joined the organisation in 2001. the group was renamed the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
Also known as Eurasia’s G7 the SCO celebrated the 15th year of its founding recently in Tashkent recently.
Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia attended the summit while Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey attended as dialogue partners,
Since the formation the organisation has always been successful in putting into practice the ground-breaking ‘Shanghai Spirit’ which is founded on the strong principle s of mutual benefit, equality , consultation, respect for diverse civilizations and pursuit of common development.
Russain President Vladmir Putin mentioned that the SCO has become a popular and attractive organisation in the region and many countries around the world have expressed willingness to join it.Even though the Russian leader acknowledged that the accession of India and Pakistan into the SCO alone would not halt the two holding different standpoints on certain issues, he was optimistic that the union would atleast pave the way for the settlement of these isues.—Email