Samarkand, 17 September 2022 (TDI): The two-day  Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit 2022 of the Heads of State Council on 15-16 September concluded on 16 September.

The summit was attended by the leaders of SCO Member States – the Republic of India, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of Tajikistan.

There were also some observer states for the summit including the Republic of Belarus, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Mongolia.

Honorary guests for SCO Summit 2022

Some State Heads were invited as honorary guests which include the President of Turkiye, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and the Republic of Armenia.

Along with them, the heads of the United Nations and other authoritative and international and regional organizations were also invited.

Uzbekistan hosted a total of more than 80 SCO-related events, with more than 40 documents being signed, including the leaders’ summit declaration.

A memorandum on Iran joining the organization as a full-time member has been adopted, during the SCO Summit 2022.

The SCO also accepted Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar as new dialogue partners, with an agreement being reached on the Maldives, Bahrain, the UAE, Kuwait, and Myanmar becoming new dialogue partners.

Sidelines of SCO Summit 2022

There were a number of important statements coming from SCO leaders on the second day of the SCO Summit in Samarkand.

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The SCO leaders spent the evening of 15 September at Samarkand aka the Eternal City having dinner, and later planted trees on the premises of the Congress Center.

Likewise, the SCO leaders took part in a group photograph on Friday, and then a meeting was held between the leaders.

On the second day, Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met with the Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, and also with the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the sidelines of SCO Summit 2022.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif also held meetings with heads of state including Russian President, Vladimir Putin and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping. He also discussed the issue of the super floods of 2022 that hit Pakistan.

The SCO Summit eventually concluded on 16 September. With Uzbekistan concluding its chairmanship, India will be at the helm of the SCO in 2023.