Kazakh president says SCO gaining political weight, economic power
Astana, Kazakhstan, Dec. 16
By Daniar Mukhtarov - Trend:
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is gaining political weight and economic power, said the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev Dec. 15 at a meeting with the heads of government of the SCO member states.
Nazarbayev said the meeting of the heads of governments is being held in Kazakhstan for the third time, adding, "The organization [SCO] is gaining political weight and economic power."
He said the SCO's voice today is heard everywhere.
"This is a landmark meeting, and we have always said that we must have the 'Shanghai spirit'," the president said.
He also said the meeting of the Council of the SCO Member States' Heads, to be held in Ufa, Russia in July 2015, is planned to approve the SCO Development Strategy until 2025.
"Governments have to carry out a lot of work in this regard," the president said. "The documents on the procedure of admission of new members were signed at the last meeting of the heads of states."
"This issue demands a balanced and impartial approach," Nazarbayev added.
Edited by SI