"Peace is priority for India," says PM Narendra Modi at 20th Summit of SCO Council

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 20th Summit of SCO Council of Heads of State, via video-conferencing. Speaks on Atmanirbhar Bharat, COVID-19 impact on economy and peace in the region. SCO's current membership comprises China, Pakistan, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Iran, Afghanistan, Belarus and Mongolia are observer states. The annual summit of SCO Council of heads of state focuses on all the key areas of the activities of the powerful bloc including political, security, trade, economic and cultural.

"India has strong cultural and historical ties with SCO countries. India believes that to enhance connectivity it is important that we move forward while respecting one another's sovereignty and territorial integrity," says the PM Narendra Modi.