Varanasi nominated as first SCO cultural and tourism capital
Varanasi has been designated as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Tourism and Cultural Capital for the first time during the period 2022-2023 at the 22nd meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on 16 September.
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- The nomination of Varanasi as the first SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital will promote tourism, cultural and humanitarian exchanges between India and SCO member countries.
It also underlines India's ancient civilizational ties with the SCO member states, particularly the Central Asian republics.
Under the framework of this flagship cultural outreach programme, several events will be organized in Varanasi during the year 2022-23, in which guests from SCO member states will be invited to participate.
Varanasi is the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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