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India highlights world’s energy and food crisis in Tashkent

The External Affairs Minister visited Tashkent at the invitation of Uzbekistan Acting Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov to take part in the meeting of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers.

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar on Friday participated in the SCO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting at Tashkent and highlighted the energy and food crisis faced by the world due to disruptions caused by the Covid pandemic and the Ukraine conflict.

This needs to be urgently addressed, the Minister said in a tweet.
“Response required includes resilient and diversified supply chains as well as reformed multilateralism. Zero tolerance for terrorism in all its manifestations is a must,” the EAM added.

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Jaishankar also reiterated India’s position on Afghanistan and highlighted its humanitarian support- wheat, medicines, vaccines, clothing, etc. He underlined the potential of Chabahar port for SCO’s economic future.

“Spoke of the economic progress in India, stressing the relevance of startups and innovation. Cooperation in traditional medicine is in the common interest of SCO members,” the EAM said in the thread.

He said that the meeting of Foreign Ministers was very useful in preparing for the Samarkand summit.

The External Affairs Minister visited Tashkent at the invitation of Uzbekistan Acting Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov to take part in the meeting of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers.

Apart from India, the Foreign Ministers of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan also participated.

The meeting discussed the preparations for the forthcoming SCO Summit of Heads of State scheduled to be held in Samarkand on 15-16 September 2022 and witnessed a dialogue on international and regional issues, the MEA said.

The Minister also held bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the SCO FMM with counterparts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan and with the Secretary General of the SCO.

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