New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh left for Russia on Wednesday for three days visit to attend the Defence Ministers’ meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu on further boosting bilateral defence cooperation.
The Defence Ministers of all eight SCO member nations are expected to deliberate on regional security challenges like terrorism and extremism and ways to deal with them “collectively” in Moscow on Friday, officials said.
SCO meeting will also be expected to attend by Chinese Defence Minister Gen Wei Fenghe and Pakistan’s Pervez Khattak.
According to the officials there will be no bilateral meeting with Rajnath Singh and the Chinese counterpart in SCO meeting.
“Heading to Moscow. During this visit, I shall be attending the combined meeting of Defence Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) & CIS members in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of victory in the World War II,” the Defence Minister said in a tweet.
The SCO meeting is held in the wake of fresh tension between India and China following the Chinese army’s unsuccessful attempts to change the status quo on the southern bank of Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh.