- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) summit in Bishkek,Kyrgyzstan.
- The Bishkek Declaration of the SCO Heads of State Council condemned terrorism in all forms and manifestations.
- The member states stressed on expanding and deepening cooperation in trade, finance, investment, transport, energy, agriculture, innovation, cutting-edge technology.
- They also called for keeping outer space free from weapons and importance of peaceful uses of outer space.
- The summit also signed a document titled ‘Roadmap for Further Action of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group’.
- Further,they also stressed on the need to address the illegal cultivation, production, circulation, sales and dissemination of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors.
- A separate MoU was also signed for establishment of Astana International Financial Centre.Apart from that the other agreements were on sports, mass media, coordination of humanitarian affairs, tourism, healthcare.
- The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation,also known as the Shanghai Pact,is a Eurasian political,economic,and military organisation.It was founded in 2001 by the leaders of China,Kazakhstan,Kyrgyzstan,Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
- Apart from Uzbekistan,the other five countries have been a part of the Shanghai 5 since 1996.The cooperation was renamed to Shanghai Cooperation Organisation after Uzbekistan joined the organisation in 2001.India and Pakistan joined SCO as full members in 2017.
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