Pakistan happy to support SCO efforts for peaceful Afghanistan: PM Abbasi

02 December, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Pakistan’s prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reiterated that Pakistan which has received 12 IMF loans since 1988 doesn’t need a bailout

The 16th meeting of the Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which opens in the Russian port city of Sochi on Thursday, will look at global economic recovery, regional security and counter-terrorism efforts among its Eurasian members. The grouping is increasingly seen as a counterweight to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in the region.

Prime Minister Abbasi would participate in the SCO retreat being hosted by the Russian prime minister along with other SCO counterparts.

Abbasi is expected to outline Pakistan's commitment to SCO's objectives, including fighting terrorism and extremism and its honest interest in regional peace, stability and development.

This is the first SCO Heads of Government meeting that Pakistan would participate in after assumption of full membership in June this year.

Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has called on the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to use their leverage in bringing Afghan militant groups to the negotiations table. "India became a full member of SCO on June 9, 2017".

Earlier, Abdullah met Russia's Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the summit and discussed the fight against terrorism and strengthening of bilateral relations between the two sides.

The summit is going to be attended by leaders from Pakistan and China.

According to experts the SCO forum will help India to have a bigger say in pressing for concerted action in dealing with terrorism as well as on issues relating to security and defence in the region. "At this stage, we can not say anything", said Kumar on bilateral meetings.



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