Tribune News Service
New Delhi, 25 November
While India believes that greater connectivity is an economic power multiplier, any serious connectivity initiative needs to be consultative, transparent and participatory, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said at a virtual meeting of the SCO Council of Governments today. .
China is also a part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and Jaishankar’s observation about consultation and participation in connectivity projects was alluding to Beijing’s China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, an area claimed by India, under Pakistan’s occupation. passes through Kashmir.
major regional group
India regards the SCO as an important regional grouping to promote cooperation in various fields, but it is unfortunate that there have been repeated attempts to deliberately bring bilateral issues to the SCO. -S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister
Jaishankar also said that India is taking steps to operationalize Chabahar port in Iran to provide safe and commercially viable access to sea for Central Asian countries.
“India has also proposed that the Chabahar port should be included in the framework of the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC). I would like to reaffirm India’s commitment to co-operate, plan, invest and build physical and digital connectivity in the SCO region.”
Earlier this month, Iran, which is also a member of the SCO, expressed dissatisfaction over economic ties with India. In a meeting with National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) guest secretary Ali Shamkhani had reportedly commented on India’s slow pace in the development of Chabahar port.
Jaishankar elaborated on India’s emergence as an economic powerhouse on the global stage and explained that despite the devastation of COVID, “India’s agile response in fighting the pandemic and ensuring economic stability is remarkable”.
India’s trade performance has also been strong this year with a growth of over 20 per cent.