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PM Abbasi leaves for Russian Federation today to attend SCO summit

02 December 2017, 12:57 | Damon Campbell

PM Abbasi meets Russian counterpart at SCO summit

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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.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has arrived in the Russian city of Sochi to attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation SCO, a security grouping which is increasingly seen as a counterweight to NATO.

Abdullah also called for full membership of Afghanistan in the organisation in order to further enhance cooperation and achieve progress between the SCO and Afghanistan.

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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. The SCO major goals is to strengthen mutual trust and good neighborliness between member states, assist their efficient cooperation in the political, trade, economic, sci-tech and cultural sectors, and also in education, energy, transport, tourism, environmental protection, joint maintaining of peace, security and stability in the region.

The SCO meeting is the first of its kind after the organization's membership expansion in June to include India and Pakistan.

The SCO anti-extremism treaty was signed by eight member countries in June's Astana summit in Kazakhstan, but it will come into force with approvals in the member countries, namely China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. But there are still no plans to have a bilateral meeting with Pakistani leaders.



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