PM Imran, Kyrgyz President agree to bolster cooperation in diverse fields

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Staff Report

Islamabad

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday had a cordial meeting with the Kyrgyz President Mr. Sooronbay Sharipovich Jeenbekov on the sidelines of the of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit.

PM Imran congratulated Kyrgyz President on hosting SCO Summit and invited him to visit Pakistan.

Kyrgyz President appreciated Pakistan’s role in the SCO.

Two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and agreed to comprehensively upgrade mutual cooperation in diverse fields.

It was agreed to strengthen land and air connectivity between Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Both leaders also agreed to Joint Ministerial Commission and Bilateral Political Consultations soon.

The two countries agreed to enhance people-to-people contacts and boost tourism cooperation through friendly visa regimes.

PM Imran also held an informal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a dinner hosted by Kyrgyzstan president in honour of heads of the SCO.

The Prime Minister on Thursday reached Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to attend the 19th meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the SCO.

The Prime Minister was received by his Kyrgyz counterpart Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev and Kyrgyz Minister for Health Kosmosbek Sarievich Cholponbaev.

According to state-owned radio, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Special Assistant to PM on Youth Affairs Muhammad Usman Dar are accompanying the Prime Minister.

The invitation to the Prime Minister was extended by Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, who would Chair the CHS Meeting. The Leaders of SCO Member and Observer States as well as representatives of important International Organizations will attend the Meeting.

The prime minister is set to address two sessions of the meeting. Leaders of SCO Members and observer states, as well as, representatives of important international organisations will attend the meeting.

A number of decisions will be approved by the Leaders, besides signing of Agreements to intensify cooperation in diverse fields. The Prime Minister will have bilateral interaction with other participating Leaders on the sidelines.

SCO is among the major trans-regional organizations. Pakistan shares deep rooted historical and cultural links with SCO Member States. SCO’s multi-sectoral cooperation agenda is in line with Pakistan’s policy of promoting regional peace and stability and seeking enhanced linkages in infrastructure, economic, trade and cultural spheres.

Pakistan offers critical overland route for trade and energy and supports SCO’s efforts for regional integration through linking CPEC with the 6 land routes of SCO.

Since becoming an SCO member in 2017, Pakistan has been actively participating at all levels in various SCO mechanisms including Foreign Affairs, Defence, National Security, Economy and Trade, Education and Healthcare, Innovation, Youth and Women Empowerment, Justice, Agriculture, Culture, Sports, Tourism and Media.

Besides Pakistan, SCO members comprise China, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. SCO Observers include Afghanistan, Iran, Belarus and Mongolia. The Council of Heads of State is the highest forum of SCO which considers and defines strategy, prospects and priorities of the Organization.