Attempts made to bring bilateral issues in SCO against consensus; says Modi

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NEW DELHI: Taking an indirect swipe on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said there is an attempt to bring bilateral issues at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), which is against the consensus and spirit.

Prime Minister said this in his remarks at the SCO meet hosted by Russia, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping were also present during the meet.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends 17th ASEAN-INDIA Summit via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

He said, “It is unfortunate that repeated attempts are being made to unnecessarily bring bilateral issues into the SCO agenda that violate the SCO Charter and Shanghai Spirit. Such efforts are contrary to the spirit of consensus and cooperation that defines SCO.”

Pakistan has time and again attempted to rake up Kashmir issue at the SCO. “India strongly believes in peace, security and prosperity. And we have always voiced opposition to terrorism, illegal arms smuggling, drugs and money laundering. India has been firm in its commitment to work under the SCO as per the principles laid down in the SCO Charter,” PM Modi said.

Prime Minister reiterated India’s demand of reforming UN, he said, “The United Nations has completed its 75 years. But despite many successes, the basic goal of the United Nations is still incomplete. The world struggling with the economic and social suffering of the epidemic is expected to bring about a complete change in the system of the UN.”

PM urged SCO nations to fully support India in reformed multilateralism.

“A ‘reformed multilateralism’ that reflects today’s global realities, discussing topics such as expectations of all stakeholders, contemporary challenges and human welfare. We expect the full support of SCO member nations in this effort,” he said.

PM Modi in his remarks at the SCO also assured that India as the largest vaccine producing country of the world will help humanity in vaccine production and distribution.

He also informed SCO leaders that in this difficult time of the unprecedented pandemic, India has sent essential medicines to more than 150 countries.

Meanwhile, thanking the people of Bihar for the victory of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the just-concluded Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday termed the success as the victory of “the mantra of Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas”.

“If you ask me today about the election results of Bihar, then my answer is clear like the people’s mandate: the mantra of ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas’ has won. The development has won in Bihar. Truth and faith have won in Bihar,” he said, adding that the BJP’s victory is the success of Bihar’s people.

“Bihar’s youth, mothers, sisters, and daughters have won! Bihar’s poor has won, the farmer has won! It is a victory of the aspirations in Bihar. It is a victory of Bihar’s pride,” the Prime Minister said while addressing a massive gathering at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi to celebrate the party’s victory. (ANI)