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Security, regional cooperation discussed at SCO summit

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The two-day meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization held in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, discussed security and regional cooperation, as key parts of the agenda.
Foreign ministers of China, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan who attended the meeting, provided details about the importance of regional and global issues, ensuring security and stability in the region, mutual investment and trade plans.
Afghanistan was also one of the topics detailed in the ministerial meeting of foreign affairs and also the member states of the Shanghai Organization.
Foreign Minister of Pakistan met with Amir Khan Muttaqi, Acting Foreign Minister of the country discussing more trade and economic cooperation.
The Foreign Minister of Pakistan emphasized on his country’s commitments regarding regional relations and public facilities projects, including the TAPI project, CASA-1000 and added that Pakistan has taken steps to support bilateral interactions with Afghanistan and facilitate international humanitarian aid.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), with the massive capacities and opportunities of bilateral cooperation, can promise a bright future for the nations of the region through cooperation and thinking with each other.
In addition, these abilities make the organization and its members persistent to political, security, economic and cultural alternatives. One of the powerful members of Shanghai is the People’s Republic of China.
China is a powerful country and in term of strategic issues, it can be one of the influential partners.
China’s benefit over other political and economic powers is that this the country has a high potential to create a bilateral economic relationship. Also, the Russian Foreign Minister said that Russia and Uzbekistan are ready to commence close cooperation with the caretaker government of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia appreciated China’s efforts in this respect. He has held several meetings with Afghanistan’s neighboring countries, and that they were taking some steps forward for a better Afghanistan.
With our Uzbek friends, we have a close cooperation with the current leaders of this country regarding the need to know the current facts in Afghanistan and to accomplish that. This comes after the Shanghai Cooperation Organization came into existence in 1996.
Russia, China, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are five main participants of this organization. Uzbekistan in 2001, it officially became the sixth member of this organization. Its charter was approved by member governments in 2002 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The main purposes of establishing the Shanghai Cooperation Organization are mutual trust between the member states, effective cooperation, regional peace, stability and security, and bringing about a new economic and political system in the world. The main workers of this organization are Russia and China, and their role in the formation of this organization has been quite transparent and impartial rest of the countries. Zarabi

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