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Pakistan and India to discuss Afghanistan in SCO

Foreign minister to leave for New York on May 18

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) will discuss the security situation in Afghanistan on Monday (today).

The counter-terrorism teams from Pakistan and India will also participate in the meeting scheduled in New Delhi. The body’s purpose is to promote cooperation between the countries against terrorism including extremism and separatism.

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Islamabad has decided to send a three-member team to India due to the importance of this meeting and its timing. This will be the first official delegation to visit India after the new government took charge.

According to official data, the chairmanship of SCO rotates for a year and India will be chairing the council this time.

On the other hand, at the invitation of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will be visiting New York for the Ministerial meeting on the “Global Food Security Call to Action” to be held at the United Nations on May 18.

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According to the foreign office, the meeting will bring together a regionally diverse group of countries including those most affected by food insecurity and those in a position to take action to address it. Ministers will be invited to speak on humanitarian needs and longer-term development efforts required to save lives and build resilience for the future.

“The Foreign Minister will also participate in the Open Debate of the UN Security Council on ‘Maintenance of International Peace and Security – Conflict and Food Security’ under the US Presidency of the Council on May 19,” said the official statement of FO.

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