Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Belarus PM off to Sochi for SCO Heads of Government Council meeting

Belarus PM off to Sochi for SCO Heads of Government Council meeting

The SCO Summit is also being attended by Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

She will be attending the restricted meeting of the heads of delegations on Friday, which will be followed by the preliminary sessions.

Prime Minister Abbasi would participate in the SCO retreat being hosted by the Russian prime minister along with other SCO counterparts. Its establishment was announced by leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan in Shanghai in 2001.

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About Afghanistan, Medvedev said there were "very difficult" political factors.

Indian Foreign (External Affairs) Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Sochi on Wednesday night, and is likely to press Delhi's calls for tighter cooperation among members to combat transnational terrorism.

India's membership was strongly pushed by Russian Federation, while Pakistan's entry into the grouping was backed by China. Swaraj will return on December 2.

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Meanwhile, the SCO Council - which has increasing embraced strategic economic cooperation in addition to security - is likely to consider new membership applications.

As an SCO member, India is expected 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.

The premier noted that Iran and Afghanistan as SCO observer states applied for the membership.

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Owing to the favorable growing ties between both countries after China-Pakistan Economic Corridor since the last four years, Li expressed desires of extending cooperation in the production realm along with developing a free trade zone dedicated to bringing about balanced trade.

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