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Swaraj congrats Pakistan on becoming SCO permanent member

Press Trust of India  |  Sochi (Russia) 

External Affairs Minister today congratulated on becoming a permanent member of the Cooperation Organisation (SCO), notwithstanding the chill in bilateral ties.

In June, and became full-fledged members of the SCO, a China-dominated security grouping which is increasingly seen as a counterweight to


is attending the SCO summit in the Russian beach resort city of Sochi as a permanent member for the first time.

"My congratulations to for becoming the full member of SCO," Swaraj said while addressing the 16th meeting of Council of SCO heads of governments.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was also present during the summit.

The ties between and have been badly hit by a range of issues including cross-border terror attacks in and the sentencing of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to death by a Pakistani military for alleged spying.

"This meeting has a special significance for because it is the first meeting of the Council, after became the full member of the SCO. Furthermore, it is being hosted by our old and trusted friend Russia," she said while addressing the 16th meeting of Council of SCO heads of governments.

had been an observer at the SCO since 2005.

The SCO was founded at a summit in in 2001 by the Presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

India, Iran and were admitted as observers at the 2005 Astana Summit. The Tashkent SCO Summit in June 2010 lifted the moratorium on new membership, paving the way for expansion of the grouping.

Now, the SCO has eight member states -- India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

It also has four observer states -- Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia -- and six dialogue partners -- Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey, and Sri Lanka.

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First Published: Fri, December 01 2017. 20:05 IST
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