Pakistani president seeks full SCO membership

10:16, April 02, 2010      

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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday called for a full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to strengthen Pakistan's engagement with the group for promoting peace and development in the region, the president's spokesman said.

Talking to Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov, President Zardari said that Pakistan desires to have a full membership of SCO. Pakistan enjoys the status of an observer along with India, Iran and Mongolia in the organization.

Uzbekistan currently holds the Presidency/Chairmanship of SCO, which groups China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

"Pakistan would appreciate Uzbekistan's support to Pakistan in this regard," said the president.

He said that Pakistan, being a key player in the international war against terror, is ready to be associated with SCO's Regional Counter-Terrorism structure which is currently based in Tashkent, the Uzbek capital.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an intergovernmental mutual-security organization which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of the six member nations.

Zardari said that Uzbekistan has an important role to play in promoting peace and security of the region. Being contiguous neighbor of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan can not only contribute toward peace and stability but also to the development of transport and energy corridor which would facilitate promotion of economic stability and peace of the region, the president remarked.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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