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Annual SCO summit to be held under chairmanship of Russia

By The Hindu

The annual Heads of State-level meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will be held under the chairmanship of Russia on Tuesday. The virtual meeting is being held in the backdrop of major regional and global developments.

The SCO Summit of Heads of State is the main unit of the organisation that sets the agenda and gives political, security, trade, economic and cultural directions to the 8-member body. Apart from the members Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, four Observer States — Iran, Afghanistan, Belarus and Mongolia — will also participate in the summit.

According to sources, the summit is expected to adopt the Moscow Declaration under the Chairmanship of the Russian Federation. It has been learnt that there will also be statements on issues like the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the World War II, digital economy, COVID-19, countering the spread of terrorism including on the Internet and countering the drug threat. “There will also be decisions on major projects and initiatives in trade and economic sphere,” a source said.

The escalating violence in Afghanistan in the backdrop of the peace negotiations is also scheduled to feature among the discussions.

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