Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to leave for Tajikistan to participate SCO Defence Ministers meet

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be leaving for Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe today (July 27)  to partake in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's (SCO) Defence Ministers Meet. Wednesday will be the main day of engagement, which will include a joint call on by SCO defence ministers with Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon.

Rajnath Singh's Chinese leader General Wei Fenghe will also take part in the meet. However, there is no planned meet between the two ministers like they met on the sidelines of the SCO meet in Moscow last year. Very recently, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was in Dushanbe for the Meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers of SCO States. He had met his Chinese counterpart and held a one-hour-long bilateral meeting with him. During the meeting, EAM conveyed that that unilateral change of status quo of the border area is not acceptable to India. The discussions between the two ministers focused on the outstanding issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector.

During the meet, the Indian side clearly told the Chinese side that "unilateral change of status quo is not acceptable" and called for "resolving the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh at the earliest" according to the readout by the ministry of external affairs.

Pakistan’s Defense Minister Parvez Khattak has arrived in Dushanbe for the meet. He will hold meetings with his Tajik, Uzbek, Russian, Chinese counterparts on the sidelines of the SCO DMs meet.

 

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