Sochi, Russia (November 30, 2017): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has reached Russian city of Sochi to attend summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
He was received by the Deputy Governor and other senior officials of Krasnodar Krai region.
The Prime Minister is attending the summit at the invitation of his Russian counterpart, D.A. Medvedev.
He would outline Pakistan’s commitment to SCO’s objectives including fighting terrorism and extremism and its sincere interest in regional peace, stability and development.This is the first SCO Heads of Government meeting in which Pakistan is participating in after assuming full membership this year.
On the sidelines of the summit, the Prime Minister would also hold important bilateral meetings with heads of delegations from other member countries.
The meeting is mandated to focus on the strategy, prospects and priorities for SCO’s developmental cooperation.
The prime minister along with his other SCO counterparts will participate in the SCO retreat being hosted by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.The retreat will be followed by a plenary session of the Council of Heads of Government where the prime minister will deliver a statement.
PM Abbasi is expected to outline Pakistan’s commitment to SCO’s objectives, including fighting terrorism and extremism and its sincere interest in regional peace, stability and development.
The prime minister will also hold bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit.
Pakistan, along with India, in June became full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev made an announcement in this regard after signing of documents by the founding members – including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping – at the conclusion of 17th SCO summit.Pakistan has been an observer with the SCO since 2005 and applied for its full membership in 2010. The decision, in principle, to give membership to Pakistan was taken by the SCO Heads of States meeting held in Ufa, Russia, in 2015.
The SCO was founded at a Summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Pakistan, India and Iran were admitted as observers at the 2005 Astana Summit.