SCO Summit: PM Narendra Modi speaks on Afghanistan, radicalization, cites trust deficit in region

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (September 17, 2021) addressed the plenary session of the 21st meeting of SCO Council of Heads of State and spoke on various topics including increasing radicalization and the Afghanistan crisis. PM Modi also said that the major challenges in this region are associated with peace security and trust deficit. 

“The main reason for these challenges is the increasing radicalization. The recent events in Afghanistan have made the current situation even more clear. SCO needs to take proactive steps in this regard,” PM Modi told SCO, which is widely known as the ‘alliance of the East’.

Prime Minister Modi, attending the summit on his 71st birthday, said that SCO must develop a shared template to fight radicalization and extremism in the middle-east. 

“Every country in SCO including India has moderate, tolerant and inclusive organizations and traditions related to Islam. SCO must work to create a strong network between these organizations,” he added.

PM Modi also said, “We expect cooperation and support from all SCO countries in the calendar of activities proposed by India under its presidency of the SCO. The fight against radicalization isn’t just important for regional security and inter-trust, it is also important for the future of our youth.”

The Prime Minister stated that India is committed to improve its connectivity with Central Asia and believes that landlocked Central Asian countries can benefit by connecting to Indian markets. 

“Our investment in Iran’s Chabahar Port and our attempts in International North-South Corridor support this,” he cited

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