Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) H.E. Mr. Rashid Alimov called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at PM Office in Islamabad on February 6, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday offered to connect China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with six approved routes of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to enhance region’s connectivity.
This would become a conduit linking Eurasian landmass, China, Russia and Central Asia with the Arabian Sea, the Prime Minister said in his meeting with Secretary General of SCO Rashid Alimov here at the PM Office.
This is the first visit of SCO Secretary General after attainment of Pakistanâs full membership of SCO.
The Prime Minister expressed support for various SCOâs initiatives including establishment of SCO Development Bank, SCO Development Fund, SCO Business Council, SCO Interbank Consortium and it’s Small and Medium Enterprises.
He thanked Secretary General for his support in steering the process of Pakistanâs membership of SCO and reiterated Pakistanâs commitment towards âShanghai Spiritâ of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development.
He said Pakistan shared with SCO and its members, deep-rooted historical and cultural links and strong economic and strategic complementarity.
Highlighting Pakistanâs active participation in all the SCO activities, the Prime Minister appreciated that SCO had established itself as a significant and influential player in the international arena by leveraging its comparative advantages.
The Prime Minister said SCO’s unique and pragmatic portfolio of economic, trade, development, security and counter-terrorism cooperation distinguished it from other international organizations.
He expressed support for the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) and reiterated Pakistanâs strong opposition to the evils of terrorism, extremism and separatism.
The Secretary General appreciated Pakistanâs active participation in all SCO activities and said the the inclusion of new members like Pakistan had greatly strengthened SCO as a true cross-regional and cross-continental organization playing a multifaceted role in the world politics.
He said SCO could enormously benefit from Pakistanâs experience in successful combating of the menace of terrorism, narcotics and drugs as well as its economic strengths and connectivity potentials. – AGENCIES
Story first published: 6th February 2018
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