The joint statement, issued after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to openly criticize nations supporting cross-border terrorism, reiterated member states’ strong commitment to countering terrorism.
The SCO is a multilateral organization founded in Shanghai in June 2001, composed of eight member states (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). “Member States consider it important to strengthen the joint and coordinated efforts of the international community to counter the activities of terrorist, separatist and extremist groups…Member States are determined to continue to take active measures to eliminate conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, to disrupt terrorist financing channels, to suppress recruitment activities and cross-border movements of terrorists, to combat extremism and the radicalization of youth, the dissemination of terrorist ideology , as well as to eliminate “sleeper cells” and places used for terrorist purposes from safe havens,” the joint statement read.
The latest summit, the 23rd meeting of the Council of Heads of State, was hosted by India on July 4. Speakers included Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping; the two leaders addressed the summit virtually.