ISLAMABAD: According to sources, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif may attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) defense ministers’ meeting remotely.
Asif will take part in the two-day SCO debate via video conferencing. The two-day gathering will begin in New Delhi tomorrow (April 27).
According to The Global Times, Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu will make his first visit to India to attend the summit.
According to the Chinese Defense Ministry, Li will attend the SCO summit from Thursday to Friday, giving a speech and meeting with delegation heads from other countries. The Russian defense minister will also be in attendance.
In addition to the member states, the SCO defense ministers meeting will include two observer nations, Belarus and Iran.
According to the article, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh would hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from participating countries on the sidelines. They will talk about regional peace and security, SCO counter-terrorism initiatives, and effective multilateralism.
Asif has chosen to participate remotely in the regional summit, but his colleague Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto will visit the SCO Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Goa on May 4-5.
This will be the first visit to India by a Pakistani foreign minister since 2011.
The SCO is a transnational corporation that was created in 2001. Its members include China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and India.