Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Sushma Swaraj leaves for Russian Federation to attend SCO

PM Abbasi meets Russian counterpart at SCO summit Shanghai Cooperation Organization holds meeting in Sochi
Andrew Cummings | 02 December, 2017, 00:59

Addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in Russian Federation on Friday, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah called on the member states of the organization to user their leverage in brining militant groups in Afghanistan to the Afghan negotiations table.

China and Russian Federation have fat-tracked their cooperation and alliance in recent years.

The SCO was founded in 2001, built on the foundations of a former organization - the Shanghai Five - and now includes China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikstan and Uzbekistan. In June, India and Pakistan had become full-fledged members of the SCO.

The meeting had been mandated to focus on the strategy, prospects and priorities for SCO's developmental cooperation, a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Wednesday said.

"EAM @SushmaSwaraj leaves for Sochi, Russia to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of Government Meeting - home to 42 % of world's population and 20% of its GDP". The retreat would be followed by a plenary session of the CHG, where Abbasi would deliver a speech.

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Abbasi is expected to outline Pakistan's commitment to SCO's objectives, including fighting terrorism and extremism and its honest interest in regional peace, stability and development.

Earlier, Abdullah met Russia's Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the summit and discussed the fight against terrorism and strengthening of bilateral relations between the two sides.

PM Abbasi also thanked China for their constant support and congratulated Tajikistan as the next host for SCO summit.

Pakistan, India and Iran were admitted as observers at the 2005 Astana Summit.

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