India and Pakistan on Friday had verbal exchange during Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting as External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar demanded tough action against cross-border terrorism and his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari spoke about ‘weaponising terrorism for diplomatic point-scoring.’
In his address at the meeting of the foreign ministers of the SCO, Jaishankar said the channel of finances for terror activities must be blocked without any distinction even as Bhutto Zardari raised the issue of ‘violation of international law’ viewed as a reference to the Kashmir dispute.
Zardari spoke about ‘collectively eradicating the menace of terrorism.’
In his statement, he reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to multilateralism for maintaining international peace and harmony.
The two foreign ministers did not name any country and made the comments indirectly, as SCO norms do not permit the discussion of bilateral issues.
Jaishankar on Friday also sought the support of SCO members to make English the third official language of the forum, where Russian and Mandarin are currently used as official and working languages.
Jaishankar observed that India has initiated an unprecedented engagement with SCO observers and dialogue partners by inviting them to participate in more than 14 social-cultural events.
The member countries are likely to finalize a set of 15 decisions or proposals for consideration of the grouping’s summit in July.
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