India set to become SCO's permanent member

23 Jun 2016 | Written by Sneha Johny; Edited by Gaurav
India set to become SCO's permanent member

India is set to become a permanent member of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO), that is hosting its two-day summit at Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

India will have to sign a memorandum of obligation.

Anvar Nasirov, Uzbekistan's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, said India's membership was decided on at a meeting in Ufa, last year, stating that the process will be completed in the next meeting.

In context: India set to become SCO's permanent member

What is SCO?

The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation ( SCO ) is an inter-governmental bloc formed by the leaders of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on June 15, 2001 in Shanghai. The group targets international security and defense, countering terrorism across the region.

India and the SCOIndia's history with the SCO

After the formation of the bloc in 2001, India, Pakistan and Iran were inducted as observers during the 2005 summit at Astana.

As an observer, India was able to take part in meetings, especially those targeted at military and political stability in Eurasia.

At the 2010 summit, prohibitions on new memberships were lifted, and with support from Russia, India paved its way to membership.

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22 Jun 2016Modi departs for SCO summit at Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Tashkent yesterday to attend the two-day SCO summit.

He had planned to meet with China's Xi Jinping, to discuss the prospects for India to be inducted into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)

The annual plenary session for the NSG meeting at Seoul starting today might see India's NSG membership come up for discussions.

23 Jun 2016India set to become SCO's permanent member

India's SCO membership

"There is a schedule laid down for us to sign up to the other documents that are required that India needs to accede to and that will happen as the year goes by"- Sujata Mehta , Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs

SCO summitWhat will the membership reflect?

The SCO will have India and Pakistan inducted as members, helping the nations to work for peace, amidst the decades-long political and border tensions between them.

India can get a foothold into matters of trade, security, and Central Asia's gas riches.

Most members of SCO are nations with expansive natural gas reserves, helping India gain access to these reserves, for its hydrocarbon projects.

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25 Jun 2016Modi: Region to benefit from India's SCO membership

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that India and the whole South Asian region would benefit as a result of India's permanent membership with the Shanghai Co-operation Organization.

India was to sign the official Memorandum of Obligation on 24 June; however, the MEA has not officially announced any developments.

Modi added that "India's capacities in science technology, healthcare, and agriculture will also benefit SCO members."