Pakistan supports SCO efforts for peaceful Afghanistan, assures PM Abbasi

Pakistan       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Pakistan by Mahmood Idrees | Published

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

Speaking at the 16th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's (SCO) Council of the Heads of Government (CHG), Abbasi called for the further deepening of cooperation within the new consultative format of SCO Afghanistan contact group.

Medvedev said the accession of India and Pakistan to the SCO in June "means that the organization is rising and promoting practical cooperation in all areas, from economy to security".

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.

It will also work towards ensuring safety in cooperative projects initiated with China, such as coordination in multilateral mechanism and other regional matters along with SCO, he said. The decision, in principle, to give membership to Pakistan was taken by the SCO Heads of States meeting held in Ufa, Russia, in 2015.

The regional pact was established in 2001 and comprises of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The accession of India and Pakistan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has increased cooperation among the member states, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.

At the plenary, the prime minister would outline Pakistan's commitment to SCO's objectives, including fighting terrorism/extremism and its honest interest in ensuring regional peace, stability and development.

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

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