17th SCO Forum Meeting

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Pledging strong cooperation, about forty experts and political analysts from Pakistan, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan, India and Uzbekistan attended the 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Forum meeting. SCO Secretary-General Zhang Ming spoke at the opening ceremony of the meeting held via videoconference, according to SCO Secretariat here. The Centre of East Asia and SCO Studies at the MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry organised the event chaired by Russia. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov also spoke at the opening ceremony.

The participants discussed three main subjects in detail, more intensive interaction between the SCO states in the field of international security, economic cooperation matters and expanded cultural and humanitarian cooperation.

During the Forum meeting, scientists suggested many useful ideas and considerations, which the SCO governing bodies will take into consideration in their work.

The SCO Forum was established in 2006 as a consultative-expert mechanism that brings together the research and development and political-science circles of the SCO member states. The forum viewed emerging economic situation in the region and beyond and held in-depth discussions on economic integration, regional connectivity and peace and security.  Pertinent to mention that in the context of SCO’s Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) Pakistan highlighted commitment in combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. He offered to SCO member states the sharing of expertise gained in fighting terrorism. Pakistan also   underscored the need of upholding peace in an increasingly tense international environment. While speaking about economic development through regional connectivity, Foreign Minister highlighted the importance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

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