EAM Sushma Swaraj arrives in Sochi, Russia to participate in SCO meeting

EAM Sushma Swaraj arrives in Sochi, Russia to participate in SCO meeting

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.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi left for Russian Federation on Thursday to represent the country at a two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Sochi.

The SCO has China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan as its full members.

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

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

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It will also work towards ensuring safety in cooperative projects initiated with China, such as coordination in multilateral mechanism and other regional matters along with SCO, he said.

"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".

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.

Dr. Abdullah has arrived in this Russian city to participate in the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit.

Pakistan, India and Iran were admitted as observers at the 2005 Astana Summit.

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