ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi \highlighted the importance of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a vital platform to achieve the objectives of peace, security and stability across Eurasia.
He underscored the need of upholding peace in an increasingly tense international environment, a foreign office statement issued here said.
The Foreign Minister stated this while participating in the restricted and extended sessions of the 17th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Government (CHG) of the Member States of SCO in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on the invitation of Prime Minister of Tajikistan Qohir Rasulzoda.
The Foreign Minister conveyed greetings of Prime Minster Imran Khans to all leaders participating in the meeting.
He emphasized on cooperation among Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries in the field of multilateral trade and removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers.
He also supported the initiative of establishment of SCO development bank and development fund.
While speaking about economic development through regional connectivity, the Foreign Minister highlighted the importance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
In the context of SCO’s Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS), the Foreign Minister pointed out Pakistan’s commitment in combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
He offered to Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states the sharing of expertise gained in fighting terrorism.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi also expressed Pakistan’s full support for peace and stability in Afghanistan and assured full cooperation for Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)’s initiative in this regard.
He also held important meetings on the side-lines of the summit.
This was the second CHG meeting attended by Pakistan after becoming a full member of SCO in June last year.
Prime Ministers of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Foreign Minister of India also attended the meeting.
The Council of the Heads of the Government exchanged views on the emerging economic situation in the region and beyond and held in-depth discussions on economic integration, regional connectivity and peace and security.