On SCO summit sidelines, CEO refuses to meet Pakistan PM

02 December, 2017, 00:59 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • PM Abbasi meets Russian counterpart at SCO summit

The prime minister further said that harmonising laws and regulations for trade practices, movement of merchandise and custom rules will facilitate better trade among partners.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has arrived in the Russian city of Sochi to attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation SCO, a security grouping which is increasingly seen as a counterweight to NATO.

This is the first SCO Heads of Government meeting that Pakistan would participate in after assumption of full membership in June this year. The retreat would be followed by a plenary session of the CHG, where Abbasi would deliver a speech.

According to the Tolo News, Abdullah reaffirmed Afghanistan's political will and commitment to the SCO objectives in enhancing regional connectivity and contributing towards security, stability, economic growth and prosperity of the region.

On the sidelines of the summit, Russia's Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev met with Abdullah where they discussed the fight against terrorism, expansion of economic and trade relations and improvement of bilateral relations between the two countries.

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

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

Pakistan on Thursday said there will be no meeting with India on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Russian Federation.

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

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