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Afghanistan, terrorism figure tops Sushma Swaraj's speech at SCO meet

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Sushma Swaraj, the of External Affairs, reiterated India's commitment in securing peace and security in war-ravaged as she addressed the Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting here on Wednesday.

"stands committed to any process, which can help emerge as a united, peaceful, secure, stable, inclusive and economically vibrant nation, with guaranteed gender and human rights. I wish to once again underscore the importance attaches to SCO Contact Group and welcome an early conclusion of the Draft Roadmap of further actions of the Contact Group," Swaraj said in a statement.

The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance created in 2001 in Shanghai, by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and and joined the forum in 2017.

The Wednesday's meeting, attended by foreign ministers of the SCO member states, including Pakistan, focused on the effective use of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS), which serves to promote cooperation, among the member states, against terrorism for a comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security.

The discussion on seeking effective ways to fight regional terrorism came in the backdrop of the deadly serial bombings on day in that targeted churches and hotels across the country killing more than 250 people.

Swaraj cited the Pulwama attack that targeted a convoy of Indian soldiers in south and killed 50 CRPF jawans in February. Pakistan-based claimed responsibility of the deadly terror strike.

"Our heart goes out to our brothers and sisters of Sri Lanka, who have recently witnessed the ghastly act of terrorism. Our wounds of Pulwama attack were still raw and news from neighbourhood has made us more determined to fight firmly resolutely against this menace," the said.

Speaking on global climate change, Swaraj said, "India is committed to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement on Combating Climate Change. We welcome the agreement reached at Climate Change Conference (COP 24) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)."

The External Affairs further said that India has adopted regional connectivity initiatives that are inclusive, sustainable, transparent, and respect the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity with other SCO member nations.

"India's commitment to regional connectivity is evident from our involvement in International North-South Transport Corridor, Chabahar Port, Ashgabat Agreement and India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway," Swaraj said, adding that India operationalised air freight corridors between and and and in 2017

In the meeting, the minister stated firmly believes in the efficacy of multilateralism and adherence to the principles of the Charter.

Earlier, on the sidelines of the meeting, Swaraj called on Kyrgyz and discussed bilateral cooperation between India and and committed to explore the untapped potential.

The two-day meeting, beginning May 21, witnessed all sides exchanging views on issues of international and regional importance, along with reviewing the preparation for the forthcoming SCO Summit in Bishkek from June 13 to 14.

Pakistan's is also slated to attend the impending SCO meeting.

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First Published: Wed, May 22 2019. 14:05 IST