SCO: A Pakistani Foreign Minister visits India after 12 years, today Bilawal Bhutto will reach Goa


SCO Meeting: The meeting of foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is going to be held in Goa today. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto will also reach Goa to attend the meeting. This will be the first visit by a Pakistani foreign minister after 12 years. Earlier in 2011, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had visited India.

Bilawal Bhutto left for India after 11 am on Thursday to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. Bilawal Bhutto will lead the Pakistani delegation to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. He said, “My decision to participate in this meeting reflects Pakistan’s strong commitment to the Charter of the SCO. I look forward to constructive discussions with my counterparts from friendly countries.”

Who is Bilawal Bhutto?

Bilawal Bhutto is the son of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benarazir Bhutto and former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari. Bilawal has been the chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party since 2007. He returned after graduating from Oxford in 2012. After this he became active in the politics of Pakistan. In the August 2018 general elections, Bilawal Bhutto contested on a Pakistan People’s Party ticket and became a member of the Parliament of Pakistan.

Apart from the Pakistani Foreign Minister, the Foreign Ministers of Russia and China have also reached Goa. Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar will hold bilateral meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Russia and China. The foreign ministers of both Russia and China had earlier come to India to attend the meeting of G20 countries held in Delhi in March.

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The foreign ministers of China and Pakistan are among those who will personally attend the meeting. It is being said that the two ministers will discuss several important geopolitical issues including economic cooperation and regional security among SCO members. Lavrov is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from other SCO countries.

What is Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)?

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an organization of eight countries in the world. It started on 15 June 2001. Apart from India, the countries included in the Shanghai Organization include China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia and Pakistan. Before 2016, India-Pakistan was not included in this alliance. Both these countries were included in June 2016.

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What is the work of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation?

The countries involved in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization make strategies to discuss and solve issues related to their politics, economy, development and their military. The goal of the cooperation organization is to stop terrorism, increase trade and economy, share technology, culture and research with business among member countries.

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