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India will host the Council of Heads of Governments of SCO in 2020

India will host the Council of Heads of Governments of SCO in 2020

India will host the 19th council of heads of government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) for the first time in 2020. The high-level meeting of the eight-member grouping is to be organised by New Delhi. Earlier this month the 18th Council of SCO heads of state was held in Tashkent and India was represented this by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

Key Points

  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc in which India and Pakistan. 
  • Its other member countries include Pakistan, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  • In April 1996, at a meeting in Shanghai, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan agreed to cooperate to deal with each other's racial and religious tensions. At that time it was known as Shanghai-Five.
  • It was founded on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai. The official languages ​​of SCO are Russian and Chinese. The SCO charter was signed in the year 2002. It came into force in the year 2003.
  • The charter is a constitutional document that includes the structure and major activities of the organization along with its goals and principles etc.
  • India is the third-largest country in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) after China, Russia. India's stature is accrescent internationally. 
  • Currently, the SCO is considered the largest regional organization in the world.

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