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BIG STORY                                                                 MAY 12, 2023  |    The Indian Eye                     5

        Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang during bilateral talks with Dr S. Jaishankar in Goa on Thurs-  Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari lands at Goa’s Dabolim to attend SCO
                              day (ANI Photo/Jitender Gupta)                                        meeting on Thursday (ANI)

        peace and tranquility in the border   the Secretary General of Shanghai   CFM in Goa,” he tweeted. In anoth-  video on Twitter, he stated, “Salaam,
        area. Also discussed SCO, G20 and   Cooperation  Organization  (SCO),   er important development, Pakistan   from Goa, India.”
        BRICS.”                           Zhang Ming in Goa and appreciated   Minister of Foreign  Affairs Bilawal   The two-day-long meeting of
            Earlier,  the  Chinese Foreign   his “support for India’s SCO Presi-  Bhutto Zardari on Thursday arrived   Foreign Ministers of SCO member
        Minister  arrived  at  Goa  airport  to   dency”. This comes as the two-day-  in Goa to attend the Shanghai Co-  states began in Goa on Thursday.
        attend the two-day-long meeting   long meeting of Foreign Ministers of   operation Organization Council of   The first Pakistani foreign minister to
        of foreign ministers of the member   SCO member states began in Goa on   Foreign Ministers meeting. In a vid-  visit India in almost 12 years, Bilawal
        states  of  the Shanghai Cooperation   Thursday. Describing his interaction   eo shared on Twitter, Bilawal Bhut-  Bhutto Zardari said he looks forward
        Organization (SCO) which began in   with Zhang Ming as “productive”   to Zardari said he will hold meeting   to  constructive discussions with  his
        the coastal State.                now, the EAM said that Indian Pres-  with his counterparts from Russia   counterparts from friendly countries.
            This is the second time that the   idency is driven by a “commitment to   and Uzbekistan and attend a dinner   In 2011, then Pakistan foreign minis-
        Chinese Foreign Minister is in India   Secure SCO”.                 hosted for all the Foreign Ministers   ter Hina Rabbani Khar visited India.
        this year.                            “Started my meetings at SCO   in Goa.                               “I am happy to arrive in Goa for
            He was in New Delhi in March   CFM with a productive interaction    “Assalamualaikum,  we  have   participating in the Shanghai Co-
        for the G20 Foreign Ministers’    with Secretary General Zhang Ming.   reached Goa, India on the occasion   operation Organization. I am lead-
        meeting.                          Appreciate his support for India’s   of Shanghai Cooperation Organi-  ing the Pakistan delegation at SCO
            On its Foreign Minister’s visit to   SCO  Presidency.  Indian  presidency   zation (SCO). I will first hold meet-  and hope that the SCO Council of
        India, the spokesperson for the Chi-  is driven by a commitment to SE-  ing with Russian Foreign Minister.   Foreign Ministers (CFM) will be
        nese Foreign ministry said on Tues-  CURE SCO,” Jaishankar tweeted.  Then, he will hold a meeting with   successful,” Zardari said in a video
        day (this week) that at the meeting   The key focus areas of the SCO   Uzbekistan Foreign Minister. I will   shared by the spokesperson for Pa-
        Qin Gang will exchange views with   summit are startups, traditional med-  attend the dinner hosted for all the   kistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
        other SCO member states’ foreign   icine, youth empowerment, Buddhist   foreign ministers and there are one-  Sources also highlighted that
        ministers on the international and   heritage and science and technology,   two interviews lined up in the day,”   during the foreign ministers’ meet-
        regional situation.               Jaishankar said.                  Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said in a   ing, discussions will range on ex-
            The Chinese spokesperson said,    “Looking forward to a successful   video shared on Twitter. Sharing the   changing opinions regarding region-
        “At the meeting, State Councilor and                                                                  al and global issues, as well as other
        Foreign Minister Qin Gang will ex-                                                                    topics  of  common  interest,  such  as
        change views with other SCO mem-                                                                      the reform and modernization of the
        ber states’ foreign ministers on the                                                                  eight-member organization.
        international and regional situation                                                                      India is hosting the foreign min-
        and SCO cooperation in various                                                                        isters’ conclave ahead of the annual
        fields, among other topics, to make                                                                   summit of the grouping this July, also
        full preparation for this year’s SCO                                                                  to be held in India. This year, India
        summit.”                                                                                              has the presidency of G-20 as well as
            The bilateral ties between India                                                                  SCO. As India hosts a range of im-
        and  China  strained  in the wake of                                                                  portant world leaders, the discussion
        the Galwan Valley clash. The two                                                                      is very much focused on creating a
        countries held several rounds of mil-                                                                 multi-polar world. India is emerging
        itary and diplomatic talks for disen-                                                                 as an important power in the world
        gagement along the Line of Actual                                                                     and seems to be aligning with Russia
        Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh,                                                                      and China in creating a truly multi-po-
        following the standoff with Chinese                                                                   lar world. This may not be seen with
        troops in May 2020.                 Artists perform prior to arrival of Dignitaries for SCO foreign ministers’ meeting at Dabolim   great  enthusiasm in  the Western
            Also on Thursday, S Jaishan-            International Airport in Goa on Thursday (ANI Photo/Rahul Singh)  capitals but this seems to be the way
        kar held a bilateral meeting with                                                                     forward for the international order.

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