World Desk, Tech for FTCP, Moscow
Updated Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:59 PM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address at the organization's Digital Summit on Tuesday attacked repeated attempts to 'unnecessarily' bring bilateral issues to the SCO in violation of the group's foundational principles. These remarks of Modi were seen in the context of Pakistan's attempt to raise the Kashmir issue in the SCO.
Roman Babushkin, deputy head of the Russian mission, said at the press conference, 'It is part of the SCO Charter not to bring bilateral issues (to the SCO's) agenda and we have made it clear to all member states that for the progress of multilateral cooperation. This should be avoided. '
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He was answering the question whether Russia, as SCO President, has raised the related issue with Pakistan. Babushkin said, 'As far as the India-Pakistan dispute is concerned, there has been no change in our position. We hope that such an incident does not happen.
A digital meeting of top security officials of SCO member states in mid-September was launched by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval after a Pakistani representative presented a map that incorrectly showed Kashmir. New Delhi condemned Pakistan for 'open disrespect' of the rules of the meeting.
When asked about the quadrilateral alliance of the India, US, Australia and Japan 'Quad', Babushkin said that Russia had no doubt about New Delhi's intentions to promote inclusive maritime cooperation in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. He also said that negotiations on the proposed free trade agreement between India and the Eurasian Economic Union were proceeding satisfactorily.