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Pakistan natural ally of SCO, says China

Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khan met Muratbek Imanaliev, Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to underline Pakistan’s strong aspiration to become a full member of the SCO, says a press release received here from Beijing.

The SCO Secretary General, Muratbek Imanaliev said that, as an observer of the SCO, Pakistan had been making consistent and substantial contribution to the work of the Organisation. Talking to him Masood Khan observed that “because of geographical contiguity with SCO member states as well as strong desire to work for regional stability, security and economic prosperity, Pakistan fully qualifies to become a full member.”

“Pakistan is a natural ally and partner of SCO”, he added.

Ambassador Masood Khan said Pakistan fully supports SCO’s objective of strengthening security and stability in Central Asia and looks forward to deepening its cooperation with SCO member states in the areas of trade, investment, energy, transport, communications as well as science & technology.

On May 22nd the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers approved the draft procedure for admitting new members into the SCO, which would be submitted for approval in the SCO Heads of States meeting scheduled to take place on June 10 – 11, 2010 in Tashkent.

Pakistan is an Observer of the SCO. President Asif Ali Zardari attended the SCO summit held in Yekaterinburg in June last year and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani attended the SCO Heads of Government meeting held in Beijing in October 2009.

In addition to Pakistan, India and Iran also have observer status, whereas Afghanistan and Turkmenistan attend the SCO Conferences as guests.

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