Qureshi in Kyrgyzstan to attend SCO Foreign Ministers moot



Staff Report


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday met with his Kyrgyz counterpart Aidarbekov Chyngyz Azamatovich on the Council of Foreign Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization countries in Bishkek on Tuesday.

They discussed matters of mutual interest including bilateral relations and agreed to increase bilateral trade to the tune of 10million dollars.

The two sides also agreed to increase ties for two-way cooperation.

Qureshi arrived in Bishkek on Tuesday to attend two-day meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of SCO countries in Kyrgyzstan.

Pakistani Ambassador and senior officials of Kyrgyzstan received the Foreign Minister at the airport.

The Foreign Minister will deliver his remarks at the Plenary Session of the meeting.

Earlier talking to media prior to leaving for Bishkek, the Foreign Minister said he will have opportunity to exchange views with foreign ministers of eight countries, who will be attending the meeting.

Qureshi said he will hold bilateral meetings with three dignitaries, including the foreign ministers of China and Russia.

The FO said Pakistan is concerned over the regional situation evolving in the context of Iran.

He said he will discuss the Iran issue with the foreign ministers of the two member countries of P-5 to get their input on the issue.

The two-day moot will be attended by foreign ministry officials of SCO member states to approve resolutions to be adopted by the council of heads of states at the SCO meeting scheduled to be held in June.

Qureshi will also present comments at the plenary session. He will also hold bilateral talks with participating foreign ministers and the secretary general of the SCO.

Pakistan, along with India, became a full SCO member in June 2017. The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

In March, a roundtable session on the “Shanghai Cooperation Organisation; Future Prospects and Regional Connectivity” was organised by the Center for Global and Strategic Studies (CGSS).

In the session, speakers stressed that the Eurasian political, economic and security alliance a pivotal organisation which promotes closer ties while Pakistan has a lot to offer to its member states.

The roundtable saw the participation of heads of think tanks from SCO member and observer states including the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Centre for SCO Study Secretary-General Professor Sun Zhuangzhi, Moscow State Institute of International Relations’ Dr Leonid Gusev, Uzbekistan Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies (ISRS) chief Bakhtiyor Mustafayev, Kyrgystan National Institute for Strategic Studies Adviser to Director Seitzhan Apyshev, Belarusian State University Academic Affairs Unit’s Professor Elena Dostanko and Institute of Political and International Studies (IPIS)— Iran Senior Research Fellow Seyed Majid Ghafelehbashi.

The agenda of the discussion was the promotion of regional connectivity in terms of cooperation in trade, commerce and development initiatives, promotion of art and culture amongst the SCO members, enhancement of tourism, fostering people-to-people contact among member countries and seeing Pakistan as a success model in the fight against terrorism.