President to attend 10th SCO Summit beginning today

President Asif Ali Zardari will visit Tashkent to participate in the 10th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), being held there on 10-11 June 2010, according to Foreign Office spokesman.

The SCO is a Regional Organization bringing together China, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Pakistan was granted observer status in 2005.

The SCO seeks to promote peace and stability in the region. Combating terrorism, extremism and organized crime have received greater attention by the SCO in recent years. The Organization has also been able to further expand its mandate to include economic and cultural cooperation. It has also extended its outreach to include Observers and Dialogue Partners.

During his stay in Tashkent, the President will address the Summit. The President is also likely to hold separate bilateral meetings with the Presidents of Uzbekistan, China, and Russia and other leaders.

The President’s participation in the SCO Summit reflects the immense importance that Pakistan attaches to further strengthening its mutually beneficial cooperation with the countries of the Eurasian region, particularly in the field of promoting pace, stability and development.

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