Pakistan PM departs for SCO summit in Russian Federation

Pakistan       by Muhammad Irfan | Published

Pakistan by Muhammad Irfan | Published

Reciprocating the offer with warmth, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan said that Pakistan looks forward to harbouring a favourable cooperation in future exchanges and trade with China in various fields.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi leaves for Russian Federation today to represent Pakistan at a two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit beginning in Sochi today.

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.

Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, India and Pakistan are SCO members while Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia are observers.

Prime Minister Abbasi would participate in the SCO retreat being hosted by the Russian prime minister along with other SCO counterparts.

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

The summit beginning on Thursday is likely to discuss issues relating to the regional security scenario including situation in the Gulf and Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Abbasi would also hold important bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a permanent regional global organization founded in 2001 to comprise China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. "India became a full member of SCO on June 9, 2017", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

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