Minister of Foreign Affairs: India and Pakistan to join the SCO in June in Astana
The completion of the procedure for admission of India and Pakistan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will end in June this year in Astana at the summit with participation of the Heads of member-states of this organization.
The issue of expanding SCO is currently most urgent. At the meeting of the Council of Heads of SCO Member-States in July 2005 in Astana, India and Pakistan received the status of observer states. During the upcoming SCO summit, for the first time, we will witness the completion of the process of expanding our organization at this stage.
I am confident that the signing of the decision on completing procedures of India’s and Pakistan’s admission to full members will open an entirely new stage of development and multifaceted cooperation, will begin defining new ways of all-round interaction in the SCO space, strengthen the international influence and authority of the organization, � Kairat Abdrakhmanov said today, speaking at the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
According to him, Kazakhstan once again expresses its readiness to positively consider the matter of Iran’s full membership in the SCO. “We hope that in the near future will also positively consider the applications of Iran and our other partners of the SCO to receive full membership, as well as the observer-state status, � the Minister said.
Regarding the issue of SCO’s interaction with other international and regional organizations and structures, Kazakhstan stands for establishing close interaction of SCO with the Eurasian Economic Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Kairat Abdrakhmanov recalled that with active support of the SCO member-states, Kazakhstan began work as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2017-2018.
The Minister also expressed gratitude to the partners for the full support of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the SCO.
“I am confident that following the results of today’s meeting we will reach an agreement aimed at ensuring maximum meaningful content of the forthcoming SCO summit in June in Astana. We have to consider and approve the draft agenda and documents proposed for signing during the meeting of the Council of the Heads of SCO Member-States, as well as approve decisions concerning a wide range of issues related to the activities of our organization and organizational and personnel aspects. I also propose exchanging views on relevant international regional issues, prospects for further development of the SCO, establishing and strengthening the organization’s ties with other multilateral associations, � the Minister said.
He stressed that today’s meeting is a key stage in the preparation of the forthcoming SCO summit. The Kazakh side, in general, supports the draft final documents and the list of documents proposed for signing following the Astana summit, � he concluded.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan