Sushma Swaraj to raise terror issue at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet

Marie Harrington
December 2, 2017

Prime Ministers' Meeting, in Zhengzhou, China earlier this year.

Pakistan prime pinister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is now in the Russian city of Sochi for the SCO Head of Governments meeting and Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Mohammad Faisal was asked at regular briefing about any meeting between the leaders of the two countries.

Abdullah also called for full membership of Afghanistan in the organisation in order to further enhance cooperation and achieve progress between the SCO and Afghanistan.

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".

Prime Minister Abbasi would participate in the SCO retreat being hosted by the Russian prime minister along with other SCO counterparts.

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She will be attending the restricted meeting of the heads of delegations on Friday, which will be followed by the preliminary sessions.

"The objective of this format should be to support Afghanistan's efforts for a peaceful political settlement through dialogue and combatting security and terrorism threats to Afghanistan and the region".

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

Pakistan has been an observer with the SCO since 2005 and applied for its full membership in 2010.

"EAM @SushmaSwaraj leaves for Sochi, Russia to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of Government Meeting - home to 42 % of world's population and 20% of its GDP".

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