On Friday, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari emphasized the need for cooperation among the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as India raises the issue of terrorism.
Addressing the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) summit in Goa, Bilawal said that when great powers play the role of peacemaker, we can unlock the potential of peace while paving the way for greater cooperation, regional integration, and economic opportunities for our peoples.
Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar stated that the menace of terrorism continues unabated and that taking eyes off this menace is detrimental to the security interests of all. Bilawal cautioned against weaponizing terrorism for diplomatic point-scoring and said that the collective security of our peoples is our joint responsibility.
Bilawal led the Pakistani delegation that arrived in Goa on Thursday to attend the two-day meeting of the SCO CFM. He reiterated Pakistan’s stance on Afghanistan, saying that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is key not only to regional integration and economic cooperation but also to global peace and stability.