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Peaceful resolution of differences key to regional stability: Rajnath Singh at SCO meet

A climate of trust, non-aggression, sensitivity towards each other and peaceful resolution of differences are among key aspects to ensure regional peace and stability, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday in an address at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) here.

“Peaceful stable and secure region of SCO member states — which is home to over 40 percent of the global population — demands a climate of trust and cooperation, non-aggression, respect for international rules and norms, sensitivity to each other’s interest and peaceful resolution of differences,” Singh said.

His comments came in the midst of a fierce border row between India and China, both members of the SCO, an eight-nation regional grouping which primarily focuses on issues relating to security and defence.

Singh made the comments in the presence of Chinese Defence Minister Gen Wei Fenghe. Both India and China are members of the SCO, an eight-nation regional grouping that primarily focuses on issues relating to security and defence.

Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a bitter standoff in multiple places in eastern Ladakh for four months. Tensions flared up in the region after China unsuccessfully attempted to occupy Indian territory in the southern bank of Pangong lake five days back.

The Defence Minister also talked about the threat of terrorism and extremism and pitched for having the institutional capacity to deal with the challenges.

“India unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and condemns its proponents. Adoption of anti-terror mechanism by SCO to counter extremist propaganda and de-radicalization is a significant decision,” Singh said.

Rajnath Singh added that India valued the works of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) and was committed to the evolution of global security architecture, which will be open, transparent, and anchored in international laws.