Why Is The SCO Summit Important For Pakistan?

Why Is The SCO Summit Important For Pakistan?

What is meant by the SCO summit?

The SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) summit is a meeting of the heads of state or government of the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. 

The SCO is a regional political and security bloc whose members include India, Russia, China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. 

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The summit provides a platform for leaders of these countries to discuss and make decisions on various issues related to regional security, trade, and cooperation. 

The SCO summit is held annually and is hosted by one of the member countries on a rotational basis.

What is the purpose of the SCO Summit?

The purpose of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit is to promote cooperation and collaboration among its member nations in various fields such as political, economic, trade, and security matters. 

The SCO aims to strengthen mutual trust and good-neighborliness among its members and enhance regional stability, security, and prosperity. 

The summit provides a platform for member nations to discuss and resolve issues of mutual interest and concern, as well as to develop strategies for future cooperation. 

The SCO also serves as a forum for its members to engage in regional and international affairs and to promote multilateralism and the principles of the United Nations.

How many countries are in SCO?

There are currently eight member states in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Who hosted SCO Summit 2023?

The SCO Summit 2023 is scheduled to be hosted by India, which currently holds the presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

India will host the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in 2023. The SCO is a regional political and security block comprising eight member nations, including India, Russia, China, and Pakistan. 

India became a full member of the SCO in June 2017. The SCO summit 2023 was held in Goa, India, and included a meeting of foreign ministers from member nations. 

The SCO represents approximately 42% of the world’s total population and 25% of the global GDP, making it a significant regional powerhouse.

Why Is The SCO Summit Important For Pakistan?

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is set to visit India to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers’ meeting in Goa, which is significant as it will be the first visit by any Pakistani Foreign Minister since 2011. 

Pakistan’s participation in the meeting reflects its commitment to the SCO Charter and processes and the importance that Pakistan accords to the region in its foreign policy priorities. 

The ties between India and Pakistan have been strained since the Pulwama terror attack in February 2019.

The Indian MEA spokesperson Mr. Arindam Bagchi said about Pakistan that they do not focus on one particular country, as they have sent invitations to all SCO member states.

The SCO is a regional political and security bloc whose members include India, Russia, China, and Pakistan. It represents around 42 per cent of the world’s total population and 25 percent of the global GDP. 

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As a member of the SCO, Pakistan can leverage its strategic location and enhance its economic, political, and security cooperation with the member nations.

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