Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Pakistan’s PM Sharif to attend SCO summit in Uzbekistan

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) Council of Heads of State (CHS) in Uzbekistan on September 15-16, the Pakistani foreign office said.

Besides attending the summit, the Pakistani prime minister would hold bilateral meetings with other participating leaders on the sidelines of the CHS.

The summit in Uzbekistan will be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The CHS is the highest forum of the SCO, which considers and defines the organisation’s strategy, prospects and priorities.

“At the forthcoming CHS, the SCO leaders will deliberate on important global and regional issues, including climate change, food security, energy security, and sustainable supply chains,” the foreign office said in a statement. The SCO leaders would also approve agreements and documents that would chart the future direction of cooperation among SCO member states.

The gathering of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) comprising China, Russia, four Central Asian countries — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan — India and Pakistan is due to take place in Samarkand on September 15 and 16.

Since becoming a full member of SCO in 2017, Pakistan has been actively contributing toward advancing the Organization’s core objectives through its participation in various SCO mechanisms.

The SCO is a major trans-regional organization spanning South and Central Asia. Founded in 2001, the SCO upholds the values and principles enshrined in the “Shanghai Spirit” that include mutual trust, mutual benefit and pursuit of common development. SCO’s agenda of promoting peace and stability, and seeking enhanced linkages in infrastructure, economic, trade and cultural spheres, is aligned with Pakistan’s own vision for enhancing economic connectivity as well as peace and stability in the region.

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