know the big things of the speech
PM Modi said that India is committed to increasing its connectivity with Central Asia. We believe that land locked central Asian countries can benefit immensely by connecting with India’s vast market.
New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) annual summit meeting held in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe through digital medium. In this meeting, other issues including Afghanistan crisis, regional security, cooperation and connectivity were discussed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the SCO meeting welcomed Iran as a new member country of the SCO and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar as the three new dialogue partners. Let us tell you the big things of PM Narendra Modi’s speech.
The biggest challenges in this area relate to peace, security and trust-deficit. And the root cause of these problems is the increasing radicalisation. Recent developments in Afghanistan have made this challenge more apparent.
If we take a look at the history, we will find that the region of Central Asia has been a bastion of moderate and progressive cultures and values. Traditions like Sufism flourished here over the centuries and spread throughout the region and the world. We can still see their image in the cultural heritage of this region.
In India and almost all SCO countries, there are moderate, tolerant and inclusive institutions and traditions associated with Islam. SCO should work to develop a strong network between them. In this context, I appreciate the useful work being done by the RATS mechanism of SCO.
Whether it is technologies like UPI and Rupay Card to increase financial inclusion, or digital platforms like Aarogya-Setu and COWIN in our fight against COVID, all these we have voluntarily shared with other countries as well.
India is committed to increasing its connectivity with Central Asia. We believe that land locked central Asian countries can benefit immensely by connecting with India’s vast market.
Any connectivity initiative cannot be a one-way street. The connectivity projects should be consultative, transparent and participatory to ensure mutual trust. These should include respect for the territorial integrity of all countries.