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India calls for action against terrorism and drug trafficking at Tashkent meet

Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai at SCO meeting of the Interior Ministers in Tashkent on Thursday (Images courtesy: Twtiter/@nityanandraibjp)

India has called for stringent action against terrorism, drug trafficking and cooperation in cyber security among the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

At an SCO meeting of the Interior Ministers held in the Uzbekistan capital of Tashkent on Thursday, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai also presented India's robust response to the Covid-19 pandemic globally under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After the meeting, Rai also met a top Interpol official and held meetings with his counterparts from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

In his meeting with the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO) Deputy Secretary General James Stephen, the minister discussed preparations for the upcoming Interpol General Assembly being hosted by India in October.


"Expansion of India's cooperation with Interpol to include new and emerging areas were emphasised," the Embassy of India in Uzbekistan stated in a tweet.

Rai also discussed bilateral security cooperation, training and capacity building besides regional situation and issues of mutual interest with Tajik Interior Minister Ramazon Rahimzoda.

The MoS then called on Uzbek Interior Minister Pulat Bobojonov with the duo discussing strengthening of security cooperation, including tackling challenges of terrorism and drug trafficking in the region.

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