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FM leaves for Moscow today to attend SCO meeting

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi departs for Moscow on Wednesday to attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM).

The meeting will be conducted from 9 to 10 Sept. to prepare the agenda for the next Summit. Mr Qureshi would interact bilaterally on the sidelines of the CFM meeting.

The CFM is one of the eight-member regional bloc’s top forums, which deliberates on important regional and international issues and considers documents for the Council of Heads of State approval and adoption.

“The Moscow SCO-CFM will consider more than 20 documents for subsequent adoption in the SCO Council of Heads of State. It will also adopt a Joint Communiqué reflecting member states’ unified stance on important re­gio­nal and international issues,” the Foreign Office said.

“Pakistan has been ac­tive­ly contributing in work­ing towards achieving SCO’s multi-sectoral agenda thro­u­gh participation in various SCO mechanisms. SCO is an important forum for further enriching our deep-rooted historical and cultural links with member states, providing these ties a sound economic foundation, and promoting Pakistan as a regional trade and transit corridor,” it said.

“Major objectives of the organisation include promoting mutual confidence and good-neighborly relations among member states; strengthening regional peace, security and stability; and creating a framework for effective cooperation in political, cultural, trade and economy, science and technology, education, energy, transportation, tourism, environmental protection and other fields,” the FO added.

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