SCO summit to begin in Sochi

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Addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in Russian Federation on Friday, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah called on the member states of the organization to user their leverage in brining militant groups in Afghanistan to the Afghan negotiations table.

Reciprocating the offer with warmth, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan said that Pakistan looks forward to harbouring a favourable cooperation in future exchanges and trade with China in various fields.

Meanwhile, the SCO Council - which has increasing embraced strategic economic cooperation in addition to security - is likely to consider new membership applications.

The prime minister along with his other SCO counterparts will participate in the SCO retreat being hosted by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a permanent regional worldwide organization founded in 2001 to comprise China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Medvedev said the accession of India and Pakistan to the SCO in June "means that the organization is rising and promoting practical cooperation in all areas, from economy to security".

India's ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran received Sushma Swaraj at Sochi ahead of the SCO summit
India's ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran received Sushma Swaraj at Sochi ahead of the SCO summit

He also highlighted ways in which to strengthen the SCO further.

PM Abbasi is expected to outline Pakistan's commitment to SCO's objectives, including fighting terrorism and extremism and its honest interest in regional peace, stability and development.

A number of bilateral meetings will be held on the sidelines of the event, the Government's press service reported.

The summit is going to be attended by leaders from Pakistan and China.

The regional pact was established in 2001 and comprises of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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