India demands greater role in SCO

image India has made vociferous demand for its full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, SCO. It has demanded a larger role for itself in the security grouping in Afghanistan in the wake of the withdrawal of US-led NATO troops from the war-ridden country. India is keen to play a major role in the counter-terrorism structure of SCO to battle challenges of extremism by expanding cooperation b/w India and the Regional Anti Terrorist Structure which is currently confined to members of SCO.

  • This is the 12th summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, SCO
  • Member States: China, Russia and Central Asian States of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
  • Observer States: India, Pakistan, Mangolia and Iran. Afghanistan is the latest addendum in the list of Observer States, added during current summit.
  • Dialogue Partners: Belarus and Sri Lanka.

In 2011, Russia had also favored the expansion of SCO: READ here

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