Since India and Pakistan were included in the grouping in 2017, the China-led eight-member bloc has gained strategic importance.
For engaging a serious organisation having the potential to play a significant role in the emerging Asian architecture, India’s proposed HEALTH vision was more of a slogan rather than a serious policy announcement.
Swaraj arrived here in the Kyrgyz capital on Tuesday to attend a two-day meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers.
The External Affairs Ministry said the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) will exchange views on topical issues of international and regional importance, besides reviewing the preparation for the SCO Summit in Bishkek from June 13-14.
Sitharaman attended the SCO Defence Ministers' conclave in Bishkek where ways to further boost defence and security cooperation among the member countries in the wake of evolving security challenges in the region were discussed.
Strengthening regional security, economic cooperation, transit and energy linkages and deepening of cultural ties are some of the areas where cooperation between the UN and the SCO will contribute positively, India's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Tanmaya Lal said.
She said India's ties with Central Asian nations have reached new heights during the tenure of the current government. She said that Tajikistan is an important country for India.
Swaraj, who is here to attend a two-day conclave of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)'s Council of Heads of Government (CHG), called on Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon along with the heads of delegation from other SCO countries.
The broad objective of the exercise is to boost cooperation among the SCO countries to deal with challenge of terrorism and extremism.
Prime Minister Modi and Pakistan President Hussain attended the summit for the first time after both countries were admitted as members of the Beijing-based Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) last year.
Chinese foreign ministry says discussions on the Kashmir issue will have no place at the event.
In his address to the representatives to the 13th meeting of Security Council Secretaries of the SCO here yesterday, Xi said maintaining regional security and stability has been the top priority of the bloc since it was founded.
"The foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan reiterated their support for the 'Belt and Road Initiative' proposed by China," said a joint statement issued by SCO Foreign Ministers at the end of their one-day meeting here today.
Sitharaman is travelling to China from April 23 to 25 to attend a meeting of SCO defence ministers' meeting, they said.
The summit will be held on November 30 and December 1 and is likely to discuss issues relating to the regional security scenario, including situations in the Gulf and Afghanistan
Speaking at the flag raising ceremony of India and Pakistan at the headquarters of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) here, Indian Ambassador to China Vijay Gokhale highlighted India's sovereignty concerns without directly referring to USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being laid through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
"As a founding member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), we are very happy about the membership of India and Pakistan," China's Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou said at a ceremony at the SCO headquarters here to formally admit the two nations as new members of the grouping.
At the same time, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) could help bring India and Pakistan closer to addressing their differences.
Capping a two-year-long process, India and Pakistan on Friday became full members of SCO. India's membership was strongly pushed by Russia while Pakistan's entry into the grouping was backed by China.
India's membership was strongly pushed by Russia while Pakistan's entry into the grouping was backed by China. With the expansion of the grouping, the SCO will now represent over 40 per cent of humanity and nearly 20 per cent of the global GDP.
In his address at the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the Kazakh capital, Modi hoped that India's entry into the SCO family will give a new momentum to the grouping in dealing with terrorism.
"The inclusion of India and Pakistan will add to the political dimension of the SCO, whose members' value systems, characteristics of national development and core concerns, will be more diversified," an editorial in the state-run Global Times said.
India's entry into the China-dominated grouping is seen as a major milestone as it is expected to increase the group's heft in regional geo-politics and trade negotiations besides giving it a pan-Asian hue.
At the summit in Astana, India and Pakistan will become the full members of the grouping, which at present comprises China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
The Prime Minister is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit at Kazakhstan's capital city of Astana.