India, Pakistan, China & other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will take part in a Joint Anti-Terrorism Exercise called ‘Pabbi-Antiterror-2021’ scheduled to take place in 2021. The decision to hold a Joint Anti-Terrorism exercise was taken during the 36th meeting of the Council of RATS (Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure) of SCO held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on March 18, 2021.
- RATS, headquartered in Tashkent is a permanent organ of SCO which aims to promote cooperation among 8-members of SCO against Terrorism, Separatism & Extremism.
Highlights of the Meeting
- The participants approved the draft program of cooperation for 2022-2024 to counter-terrorism, separatism & extremism.
- They also agreed to improve cooperation for identifying and suppressing channels that finance terrorist activities.
- The next meeting of RATS SCO will be held in September 2021 in Uzbekistan.
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO):
It is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance that was established in 2001 in Shanghai, China. Founding members are China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan & Uzbekistan.
i.Total members – 8; Observers – 4
- Members – China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan & Uzbekistan, India & Pakistan
- Observers – Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran & Mongolia
- India & Pakistan joined SCO in 2017.
- SCO has 2 permanent bodies – SCO Secretariat based in Beijing, China & Executive Committee of RATS based in Tashkent.
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i.On November 30, 2020, India virtually hosted the 19th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization – Council of Heads of Government (SCO CHG). It was chaired by the Vice President of India Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu from New Delhi.
About Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (RATS SCO):
Director – Jumakhon Giyosov
Head Office – Tashkent, Uzbekistan