SCO leaders praise organization’s role in security and development at 24th summit

At the 24th SCO Summit, leaders lauded the organisation for its significant contributions to regional security, economic development, and stability, emphasising its growing influence and collaborative achievements.

At the 24th Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), held on Thursday, leaders from participating countries praised the organization’s substantial contributions to regional security, economic development, and overall stability. The summit, which brought together heads of state from member and observer countries, highlighted the SCO’s growing influence and its collaborative achievements in addressing pressing regional and global challenges.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, founded in 2001, has evolved into a vital platform for political, economic, and security cooperation among its member states, which include China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The organization’s role in promoting stability and fostering development across its diverse membership was a central theme of the summit, with leaders underscoring the positive impact of its initiatives and policies.

During the summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized the SCO’s commitment to maintaining regional security and stability, particularly in light of the complex and evolving global security landscape. Xi highlighted the importance of collective security mechanisms and collaborative efforts in combating terrorism, extremism, and transnational crime. He pointed out that the SCO has been instrumental in facilitating information sharing, joint exercises, and coordinated responses to security threats, thereby contributing to a safer and more secure region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also commended the SCO’s achievements in enhancing regional security and promoting economic integration. He noted that the organization has successfully fostered an environment conducive to economic growth and development, enabling member states to pursue joint infrastructure projects, trade initiatives, and investment opportunities. Putin highlighted the SCO’s role in advancing multilateral economic cooperation and supporting sustainable development goals, which are crucial for the prosperity and well-being of the region’s populations.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi underscored the importance of the SCO in promoting regional connectivity and economic integration. He pointed out that the organization has played a pivotal role in facilitating cross-border trade and investment, enhancing connectivity through initiatives like the Belt and Road Initiative, and fostering closer economic ties among member states. Modi stressed the need for continued collaboration in areas such as digital economy, renewable energy, and sustainable development to drive regional growth and resilience.

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev echoed these sentiments, highlighting the SCO’s contributions to fostering a stable and inclusive regional order. He emphasized the organization’s efforts in promoting dialogue and understanding among diverse cultures and civilizations, which have been key to maintaining harmony and cooperation in the region. Tokayev called for further strengthening of the SCO’s institutional frameworks and enhancing its capacity to address emerging challenges, including climate change and public health crises.

The 24th SCO Summit also featured discussions on the organization’s future direction and priorities. Leaders emphasized the need to deepen economic integration, enhance connectivity, and promote sustainable development across the region. They called for greater cooperation in areas such as digital transformation, green energy, and innovation to drive economic growth and resilience. The summit concluded with a renewed commitment to strengthening the SCO’s role as a platform for regional cooperation and a force for peace, stability, and development.