Beijing(June 09, 2018): President Mamnoon Hussain has arrived in China to attend SCO Summit beginning in Qingdao on Saturday.
China’s Vice Foreign Minister received him at the airport.The Qingdao Summit will mark a year since Pakistan joined the prestigious organization as a full member.
On the sidelines of the Summit, the President will hold important bilateral meetings with his counterparts from the region.
The Meeting will be attended by the Heads of States of SCO Member States, representatives of SCO Observer States as well as representatives of International Organizations, including UN, ASEAN, IMF and the World Bank. Besides Pakistan, its current membership comprises of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and India.
In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal said that Pakistan shares deep-rooted historical and cultural affinities with the Member States of SCO. He said Pakistan affords critical overland connectivity for trade and energy and supports SCO’s efforts for regional integration. He said Pakistan’s membership has been facilitating further deepening and broadening of our multifaceted relations with individual member States and the SCO region at large.
Earlier, talking to Chinese media in Beijing, the President said the Shanghai Cooperation Organization espouses the values of the Shanghai Spirit, which features mutual trust and respect, equality, respect for diverse civilizations and pursuit of shared development.
He said Pakistan, as a new member, is committed to enhancing its relations with all SCO members on the basis of these values.
He said Pakistan sees the SCO as an important framework for regional cooperation and it has played a vital role in safeguarding peace and security in the region.
The president said the organization promotes multifaceted cooperation in the region in a wide array of fields and it includes Pakistan’s major development and strategic partners.
The president hailed the SCO’s Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure as an important and useful forum for cooperation against the common enemy of terrorism.He said Pakistan has successfully combated terrorism and it is ready to share its experiences in tackling the menace of terrorism through the SCO-RATS.
He expected that initiatives of SCO on investment promotion, trade facilitation, customs cooperation, e-commerce, small and medium enterprises, rail and road connectivity and tourism cooperation should be tied to specific timelines. Initiatives such as SCO Development Bank and SCO Development Fund should be pursued in earnest, and the SCO Business Council should be empowered and entrusted to establish business-to-business linkages.