Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Jan. 21
By Demir Azizov – Trend:
Deputy foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan discussed practical issues of cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the context of the organization’s upcoming expansion, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry’s press service said.
The meeting held in Moscow Jan. 20 was also attended by SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov and Director of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the SCO (SCO RATS) Yevgeniy Sysoyev.
Before the meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with heads of delegations.
Discussions were held on priorities and practical measures on development of cooperation within the SCO in the political, security, economic and humanitarian spheres. The commitment of the SCO member states to enhance joint efforts in order to support peace and security, ensure welfare and prosperity in the SCO area was unanimously confirmed.
The sides stated that the successful expansion process of the organization, primarily, the upcoming acceptance of India and Pakistan as the SCO full members will further enrich the multifaceted potential of equal cooperation, enhance the international role and authority of the SCO.
The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic and military organization which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.