Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 18
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
The representatives of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member-states discussed the preparation for an upcoming meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Member States in Tashkent in June and other activities as part of the Uzbek presidency, the Uzbek foreign ministry said March 18.
These issues were discussed at a meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the SCO member-states.
The meeting, chaired by Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, was held in Beijing March 15-18.
The SCO Secretariat's information about the pace of negotiations on granting a SCO member state status to India and Pakistan, as well as signing of memorandums with the SCO dialogue partners, namely, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nepal was heard at the meeting.
The national coordinators also set the date of holding the next meeting of the Council of National Coordinators in Beijing.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was established in 2001. It is a permanent intergovernmental international organization. The SCO members are China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia and Belarus are the SCO observer-countries, while Turkey, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal are dialogue partners.