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14 decisions signed at SCO summit, Russia to host next meet

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Fourteen agreements, including those on cooperation in sports, and environment, were signed at the Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit here on Friday.

Briefing media on the outcome of the summit, attended by heads of government and state the member-countries, officials said that other than this there are the general administrative agreements.

"In total 14 decisions have been signed by the Council of the of States and we have on the sidelines signed some cooperation agreements between and UN-specialised agencies," they said.

(SCO) in the External Affairs Ministry, Madhumita Hazarika Bhagat Sarma, highlighted that discussions regarding terrorism, Afghanistan, and economic issues, especially opportunities for economic cooperation, during the summit.

She said reiterated its long-held stand towards the peace process in Afghanistan, which it believes should be led, owned, and controlled by

"The deliberations were divided into two portions - the first was the restricted format which is meant for the members which were followed by the expanded format in which observers joined in," the said.

"congratulated as the next summit will be held in ..He also touched upon the topics of connectivity, especially the north-south corridor, and He also introduced the acronym HEALTH (during the session)," Sarma added.

Expanding on the acronym, Sarma said that the 'H' in HEALTH stands for Cooperation, 'E' for Economic Cooperation, 'A' for Alternate Energy, 'L' for Literature and Culture, 'T' for free society and 'H' for Humanitarian Cooperation.

"The overall message was that would like to see very positive content in the process. We are ready to contribute to that and work with the SCO countries. There were also a serious of documents which were signed today," was quoted as saying.

Sarma outlined that the document of the anti-narcotic strategy and the programme of action was amongst one of the documents signed today.

Commenting on the Joint Declaration issued after the summit, Hazarika said, "The declaration is a strong statement against and is endorsed by all SCO member-states."

Answering a question on the agenda of the next summit to be held in Russia, she said that would be holding 90 events.

"The baton has been passed on to and they have already informed that there will be 90 events and 90 documents to highlight, as also highlighted in his speech, that they will focus again on areas like cyberterrorism which is very important to them, cooperation in IT and digitisation as well as marking 75 years of second war celebrations amongst other areas," she said.

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First Published: Fri, June 14 2019. 17:31 IST