Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 24
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
The meeting of Foreign Ministers Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) kicked off in Tashkent, Trend's correspondent reported May 24.
In his welcome speech, Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov expressed confidence in successful conduct of the meeting.
"I am confident that the meeting will take place in a constructive atmosphere and in the spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation," said Kamilov.
Participants of the meeting will discuss the preparation process for the meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO member states (June 23-24), the draft agenda of this meeting, as well as draft documents proposed to be signed on the meeting's results.
As it was reported earlier, the summit's main outcome document is the Tashkent Declaration, which was dedicated to the SCO's 15th anniversary and contains the assessment of the organization's activities during this period, approaches of the states to the prospects of its development, as well as the SCO's position on the current international and regional situation, solving topical security issues.
Meanwhile, foreign ministers of the SCO member states will also consider the progress in admission procedure of India and Pakistan to the organization.
Foreign ministers of the SCO member states, the SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov and the Director of the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the SCO (RATS SCO) Eugene Sysoev are taking part in the meeting.
The SCO members are China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia and Belarus are the SCO observer-countries, while Turkey, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka, Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal are dialogue partners.
A procedure was launched at the SCO summit in Ufa in July 2015 for admission of India and Pakistan to the organization. Uzbekistan overtook from Russia the SCO chairmanship at the organization's summit in Ufa.
Edited by SI