Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the plenary session on Friday at the SCO Summit 2019 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, highlighting the spirit and ideals of SCO to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
Beginning his address, the Prime Minister spoke about the initiatives taken by India and other SCO countries to enhance the transportation, connectivity and trade between the countries.
"Initiatives like International North-South Transport Corridor, Chabahar Port, Ashgabat Agreement details out the focus of India for connectivity. In 2017, we started the air freight corridor initiative between Kabul, Kandahar, New Delhi and Mumbai. Along with physical connectivity, people-to-people communication is also important. Our e-tourist visa facility is available for most of the ECO countries. I am happy to announce that on the website of Indian tourism, Russian interface ad Russian-language helpline has been started 24/7," PM Modi said.
Here are the details about the various projects mentioned by Prime Minister Modi in his address:
International North-South Transport Corridor: The International North–South Transport Corridor (INSTC) is a 7,200-km-long multi-mode transport of ship, rail, and road route for moving freight between India, Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia and Europe, initiated by Russia, India and Iran in September 2000 in St. Petersburg. The agreement was signed on 16th May 2002.
Chabahar Port: The Chabahar port is considered as a gateway to opportunities for trade by India, Iran, and Afghanistan with central Asian countries.
Ashgabat Agreement: The Ashgabat agreement is a multimodal transport agreement between the governments of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Pakistan, India and Oman for creating an international transport and transit corridor facilitating transportation of goods between Central Asia and the Persian Gulf.
Further, addressing the delegation PM Modi spoke to extend support to the Afghanistan government and its people in the peace process.
"In the SCO sector, peace-loving and united Afghanistan is an important part for safety and security. Our aim is to extend aid and support to the government and people of Afghanistan," PM Modi added.
He went onto give a 'HEALTH' mantra to the SCO nations. Expanding the acronym, he said: