External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Tajik counterpart Sirojiddin Muhriddin here and the two leaders discussed stepping up close bilateral ties in development assistance, science and technology, health, defence and security.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of a two-day conclave of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's Council of Heads of Government (CHG).
"Both (leaders) discussed stepping up our close relationship in development assistance, Science and Technology, IT, agriculture, defence and security, health and tourism," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
Earlier in the day, Swaraj arrived in Tajik capital Dushanbe to attend the SCO's CHG, which is expected to focus on boosting cooperation in fighting terrorism, besides deliberating on pressing regional and global issues.
India 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.
India became a full member of the China-dominated grouping last year and New Delhi's entry into it is expected to increase the bloc's heft in regional geo-politics and trade negotiations besides giving it a pan-Asian hue.
Along with India, Pakistan was also granted membership of SCO last year.
The bloc currently has eight member countries which represents around 42 per cent of the world's population and 20 per cent of the global GDP.
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