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Bishkek hosts meeting of SCO Defense Ministers

Meeting of Defense Ministers of the countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was held in Bishkek the day before.

Kyrgyzstan chairs the SCO this year.

The heads of Defense Ministries discussed the problems of international and regional security, exchanged views on topical issues and outlined promising areas of cooperation for the coming period.

Following the meeting, four documents were signed:

  • Protocol on amendments to the agreement between the SCO member states on joint military exercises;
  • Protocol of the meeting of Defense Ministers of the SCO countries;
  • Joint Communiqué on the results of the meeting of SCO Ministers of Defense;
  • Plan of cooperation of Defense Ministries of the SCO countries for 2020-2021.

According to the press service of the General Staff, the protocol on the amendments to the agreement on holding joint military exercises has become one of the key documents. The document will allow India and Pakistan, as well as other countries that want to become SCO members, to join the agreement and fully participate in the exercises.