Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Indian delegation virtually at the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to be held in the Tajik capital city of Dushanbe on September 17, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Wednesday.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will travel to Dushanbe for the SCO meetings that are expected to extensively deliberate on the Afghan crisis and its internal as well as external implications, people familiar with the matter said.
It will be the first SCO summit being held in a hybrid format and the fourth summit that India will participate in as a full-fledged member of the bloc.
Here are some interesting facts about Tajikistan’s capital city, Dushanbe.
The city’s name in the Tajik language means Monday or two days after Saturday. At the time, Monday came two days after Saturday. The city, strategically located on the Silk Road, would have a bazaar or a market every Monday.
Dushanbe has a mention in the Guinness book of world records as it is located 46 miles (75 kilometres) west of the world’s tallest embankment dam, the Nurek Dam, which stands at 984 feet tall.
The city, as of September 2020, is home to 915,712 people. The city is Tajikistan’s largest textile complex. And houses cotton cleaning mills and silk factories.