- Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has decided to include India as a full member.
- India will work with the SCO to enhance connectivity, combat terror and create an environment for boosting trade by easing barriers.
- India was an observer for the past 10 years and now it will become member by next year after completion of certain procedures.
- Apart from India, Pakistan is also included as the member.
- India was observer nation since 2005 and it ap
plied for full membership last year.
- Belarus has obtained observer status, joining Afghanistan, Iran and Mongolia.
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is a Eurasian political, economic and military organisation which was founded on 26 April 1996 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan.
- Headquarters: Beijing, China
- Members: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, India
- Observers: Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, Mongolia
- The SCO is primarily focused on its member nations’ Central Asian security-related concerns.
- It has been active in the area of social development of its member states.
- It has increased activities in military cooperation, intelligence sharing, and counterterrorism.
- The other areas where SCO is active are in economic and cultural operations.