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Swaraj urges SCO members to fight terrorism, address climate change and promote connectivity

Press Trust of India  |  Dushanbe 

on Friday urged the SCO member countries to join hands to address global challenges and highlighted the need to fight terrorism, address climate change and promote connectivity and regional peace.

Swaraj, who is here to attend a two-day conclave of the Cooperation Organisation (SCO)'s of Government (CHG), called on along with the heads of delegation from other SCO countries.

Swaraj, speaking at the Restricted Format Meeting of the SCO Heads of here, highlighted the need to join hands to fight terrorism, address climate change, promote connectivity and regional peace, Ministry of said in a tweet.

The conclave, also attended by Pakistan's Shah Mahmood Qureshi, will focus on boosting cooperation in fighting terrorism, besides deliberating on pressing regional and global issues.

The CHG meeting is also likely to review situation in Syria, and the

It is the second CHG meeting since became a full member of the 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 the 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 represent 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: Fri, October 12 2018. 13:46 IST