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PM Imran to attend SCO summit today

Prime Minister Imran Khan will attend the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of State video conference on Tuesday (today).

Russia President Vladimir Putin, who would preside the meeting, extended the invitation to the premier.

Besides the United Nation’s Secretary-General António Guterres and the SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov, leaders from all eight SCO member states and four observer states would attend the conference.

The forum is expected to adopt 16 documents including the ‘Moscow Declaration’ reflecting member states’ stance on important regional and international issues.

SCO’s major objectives include promoting mutual confidence and good-neighbourly relations among member states, strengthening regional peace, security and stability, and creating a framework for effective cooperation in political, cultural, trade and economy and other fields.

The platform is an important forum for further enriching deep-rooted historical and cultural links with member states, providing these ties with a sound economic foundation, and promoting Pakistan as a regional trade and transit corridor.

Since becoming a member in 2017, Pakistan had been actively contributing to the promotion of SCO’s multi-sectoral agenda through participation in various SCO mechanisms.

Besides Pakistan, SCO’s current membership comprises China, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

In September it was reported that SCO was getting stronger and gaining larger influence in a fractured region with each passing year. It can become a key forum for regional economic prosperity in the aftermath of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

That was why the next SCO heads of states meeting was deemed crucial for coming up with a new regional policy framework.

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