Defence Minister to attend SCO Defence Ministers’ meeting at Tashkent, Uzbekistan

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will attend the SCO Defence Ministers’ meeting at Tashkent in Uzbekistan on 24 August.


  • He will attend the Annual Meeting of the Defence Ministers' of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Member States.
  • Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu are also expected to attend the SCO meeting.

  • Other defence ministers of member countries of the grouping will also attend the meet.

  • The SCO Defence Ministerial meeting is taking place about three weeks before the annual summit of this grouping.

  • The annual summit will be held in Samarkand on September 15-16.

  • During his visit to Tashkent, the Defence Minister will call on the Defence Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Lieutenant General Bakhodir Kurbanov.


What is Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) ?

  • It is a permanent intergovernmental international organisation.

  • It was founded in 2001.

  • The SCO Charter was signed in 2002, and came into force in 2003.

  • It is a Eurasian political, economic and military organisation.

  • Its aim is to maintain peace, security and stability in the region.

  • China, Russia and four Central Asian states – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan – were founding members of the SCO.

  • Official Languages - Russian and Chinese

  • Chairmanship - On the basis of rotation for a year by Member States

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