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Magda Hassan
06-09-2010, 07:51 AM

Indo-Asian News Service
June 5, 2010

Krishna to go to Tashkent, India may join SCO

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will go to Tashkent next week to attend the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit amid speculation that India could be inducted as a full-fledged member of the regional grouping.

Krishna will represent India at the June 10-11 SCO summit to be held in Tashkent.

The summit is likely to clear the rules and procedures for expanding the membership of the regional grouping that comprises Russia, China and the energy-rich Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

The foreign ministers of SCO countries met last week and finalized procedures for admitting new members.

India, along with Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia, currently have observer status at the SCO.

In the past few months, India has shown an interest in joining the SCO that has emerged as an important regional security organization with networks of energy supplies.

Last year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh participated in the SCO summit at Yekaterinburg in Russia as an observer, the first time India was represented at this level at the regional summit.

As counter-terrorism is an important focus of the SCO, India feels that its fuller participation in the SCO would enable it to counter the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan by cooperating closely with other like-minded countries in the region.

The SCO has set up a Regional Counter Terrorism Centre in Tashkent. India is keen that Afghanistan also joins the SCO.

Magda Hassan
09-13-2014, 11:43 AM
India applies for full membership of SCO New Delhi, Sep 12 (IANS) India Friday formally applied for full membership in the energy-rich Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a security grouping dominated by China, and said it is “ready to assume day to day responsibilities within the context of the bloc”.
India has been functioning as observer at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) – composed of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
On Friday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj formally submitted an application for full membership to the SCO on behalf of India at the SCO Heads of State Summit 2014 meeting at Dushanbe, in Tajikistan.
External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said here that following India’s application for full membership, it is now for SCO to take the decision on membership.
“It is our expectation that we will be able to contribute to the SCO in a better capacity once the SCO opens up its membership to other countries,” he said.
The SCO has amongst its members three largest energy producers in the world – Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. India hopes that with an SCO membership it will gain more access to major gas and oil exploration projects in central Asia.
“India sees the SCO as a forum where it can work regionally on several aspects – like on regional anti terror mechanisms,” said Akbaruddin. Referring to the SCO mechanism called Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS), he said India feels after gaining full membership, it can contribute in a better capacity, and also in the case of aiding in Afghanistan’s development.