President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov received Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Zhang Ming.
According to the press service of the head of state, an exchange of views took place on priority areas of interaction within the framework of the SCO, further development of cooperation between the member countries of the Organization in the field of ensuring regional security, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
Sadyr Zhaparov noted with satisfaction that over 21 years of its activity, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has taken a worthy place among authoritative international and regional organizations, has become an important factor in ensuring security and sustainable development of interstate relations.
The head of state noted that Kyrgyzstan attaches exceptional importance to its participation in the SCO and confirms the need to further deepen cooperation between the member states of the Organization in all areas of interaction.
He stressed that the development of trade, economic, transport and logistics ties between the countries of the “SCO family” is seen as an essential area of SCO activity.
“The Kyrgyz Republic stands for the creation of effective financial mechanisms, in particular, by opening the SCO Development Bank and the SCO Development Fund (Special Account) in order to implement economic projects. This is especially relevant in the current difficult global geopolitical processes,” the head of state said.
Regarding cooperation in the transport sector and the implementation of joint infrastructure projects, Sadyr Zhaparov noted that the practical implementation of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway construction project can be a significant step towards the full disclosure of the region’s transit potential and will connect not only our states, but also many countries and regions of the entire Eurasian continent.
The head of state also stressed that in order to strengthen cultural and humanitarian ties between the countries of the Organization, on the initiative of Kyrgyzstan, the SCO Cultural and Integration Center was established in Bishkek.
At the same time, Sadyr Zhaparov noted that Kyrgyzstan fully supports the initiatives of Chinese President Xi Jinping, announced by him at the meetings of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO member states.
In turn, the SCO Secretary General stressed that the Kyrgyz Republic, as one of the founder countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, put forward a large number of initiatives and made a significant contribution to the development of cooperation between the SCO countries.
Zhang Ming noted that the initiatives and proposals of President Sadyr Zhaparov on the further development of the Organization will help in the further promotion of the SCO.
According to the SCO Secretary General, the creation, on the initiative of the Kyrgyz side, of the Center for Combating International Organized Crime in Bishkek (initiated by the Kyrgyz side) will serve as an important platform for improving cooperation between the SCO member countries in the field of security.
Regarding trade and economic cooperation, the SCO Secretary General noted the need to strengthen and expand cooperation in this area, especially against the background of the difficult economic situation in the world.
Zhang Ming also expressed the opinion that the implementation of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway construction project is of great importance.
He stressed that, taking into account the international situation, the proposal of the Kyrgyz side to establish the SCO Development Bank and the SCO Development Fund (Special Account) is very relevant.
“It is important to take real steps in this direction. This is especially important for the development of infrastructure, the development of trade within our region and with the outside world,” he said.
Highly appreciating the creation of the SCO Cultural and Integration Center in Bishkek, he added that the Organization would provide all possible support in its development.
At the end of the meeting, the sides expressed their hope for further strengthening of fruitful cooperation within the SCO in all areas of interaction.
It should be noted that during his stay in Bishkek, the SCO Secretary General also took part in the Eurasian Economic Forum on May 26 this year.
Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency