The newly re-elected President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, facing protests back home, used the stage of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to launch a broadside against the United States.
“Iraq continues to be occupied, chaos is growing in Afghanistan, the Palestinian problem remains unresolved, the world is swept by political and economic crises, and there is no hope for their resolution,” the controversial Iranian leader said at the SCO summit.
The summit, meanwhile, issued a joint communiqué and documents on anti-terrorism, financial cooperation and Afghanistan
after the meeting.
India, Pakistan, Mongolia abd Iran are observers at the SCO, while Russia, China, Kazakhastan, Tajikistan and Kyrgystan are members of the grouping formed in Shanghai in 2001.
Addressing the summit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India sought an external environment that was conducive to meeting the aspirations of its people.
“Against this background, the Russian presidency’s initiative to focus on the themes of regional security and sustainable development is most appropriate,” the prime minister stressed.
“The spectre of terrorism, extremist ideologies and illicit drug trafficking haunts our region. Terrorist crimes committed today are transnational in nature. No country is immune from them. It is imperative that we genuinely cooperate with one another and on a global scale to resolutely defeat international terrorism,” Singh added.