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Sushma Swaraj to attend key SCO conclave in Dushanbe from Thursday

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

will attend a two-day conclave of the Cooperation Organisation in Tajik capital beginning Thursday, which is expected to focus on boosting cooperation in fighting terrorism, besides deliberating on pressing regional and global issues.

The meeting of the of Government (CHG) is also likely to review situation in Syria, and Korean peninsula, officials said.

"The External Affairs Minister's programme in will include participation in the of Government meeting, both in the restricted as well as extended formats," the said.

It will be the second CHG meeting since became a full member of SCO in June 2017.

"The leaders will be discussing prospects for further development of SCO and will exchange in-depth views on current international and regional issues," the MEA said.

became a full member of the the China-dominated grouping last year and New Delhi's entry into it is expected to increase the bloc's heft in regional geo-and trade negotiations besides giving it a pan-Asian hue.

was an observer at the SCO since 2005 and has generally participated in the ministerial-level meetings of the grouping which focus mainly on security and economic cooperation in the Eurasian region.

Along with India, was also granted membership of SCO last year.

The SCO was founded at a summit in in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and India and became its members last year.

led the official delegation to the SCO Summit in Chinese city of in June.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 21:15 IST