The Indian delegation also attended the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Expert Working Group to be held in the Federal Capital, Islamabad.
The two-day meeting in Pakistan discussed the security of the world and the region while efforts to safeguard peace and stability were discussed.
The ISPR of the Pakistan Army’s Public Relations Department said in a statement regarding the first meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Framework for Defense and Cooperation, “SCO’s Ninth Defense and Security Specialists Working Group (EWG). The meeting was held on 19 and 20 February 2020 in Islamabad.
It was the first meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization under the ‘SCO Defense and Security Cooperation Plan-2020’, which focuses specifically on defence and security cooperation between member states through increased capacity and readiness of military personnel.
The meeting was attended by all member states of the SCO, including India, which generally refrains from attending multilateral meetings in Pakistan due to bilateral tensions.
In addition, Belarus participated in the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as an observer.
Last year, Pakistan and India participated together in military exercises in Russia despite intense hostility and conflict.