Pakistan remains a conspicuous absentee as the first Military Medicine Conference (MMC) under the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) banner kicked off in New Delhi today (12 September), TNIE has reported.
While other member states are represented by senior military medical practitioners, even dialogue partners Nepal and Sri Lanka have sent their delegations to participate in the conference.
“It is a significant conference as the representative states of the SCO represent largest regional organisation in terms of geographical coverage and population,” the Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, inaugurating the conference.
The minister also highlighted the threat faced by nations from bio-terrorism and appreciated the role of military medical professionals who are the forefront of the fight against it.
It is notable that India and Pakistan had taken part in joint military exercises earlier held in Russia in an unprecedented development under the SCO grouping. Both India and Pakistan were admitted to the group in 2017.
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