Pakistan happy to support SCO efforts for peaceful Afghanistan: PM Abbasi

Posted December 02, 2017

Pakistan prime pinister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is now in the Russian city of Sochi for the SCO Head of Governments meeting and Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Mohammad Faisal was asked at regular briefing about any meeting between the leaders of the two countries.

Prime Ministers' Meeting, in Zhengzhou, China earlier this year.

Security is the basic foundation for development and meets the expectations of people, Li said, calling for further regional security cooperation under the common, all-round, cooperative and sustainable security concept.

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The prime minister along with his other SCO counterparts will participate in the SCO retreat being hosted by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

India and Pakistan, formerly only observers in the SCO, joined as full members in June 2017.

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

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The retreat will be followed by a plenary session of the Council of Heads of Government where the prime minister will deliver a statement.

Keeping in perspective the objectives of SCO of building a strong security architecture in the region, EAM Swaraj underscored India's determination to consistently strengthen cooperation within the SCO framework and to work together to seek comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security.

Li told reporters that both China and Russian Federation will play a constructive role to "strengthen communication and coordination on global affairs, and cement cooperation within multilateral frameworks including the SCO". The decision, in principle, to give membership to Pakistan was taken by the SCO Heads of States meeting held in Ufa, Russia, in 2015.

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