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Swaraj holds talks with Tajik counterpart

Press Trust of India  |  Dushanbe 

met her Tajik counterpart 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 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 said.

Earlier in the day, Swaraj arrived in Tajik capital 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.

Kumar said that over the next two days, the will participate in SCO-related meetings, hold bilateral talks and interact with the Indian community in

The CHG meeting is also likely to review situation in Syria, and the It will be the second CHG meeting since became a full member of SCO in June 2017.

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.

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-and trade negotiations besides giving it a pan-Asian hue.

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.

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.

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

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 19:10 IST