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

Sushma Swaraj

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

Pakistan prime pinister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is now in the Russian city of Sochi for the SCO Head of Governments meeting and Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Mohammad Faisal was asked at regular briefing about any meeting between the leaders of the two countries.

Reciprocating the offer with warmth, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan said that Pakistan looks forward to harbouring a favourable cooperation in future exchanges and trade with China in various fields.

The meeting had been mandated to focus on the strategy, prospects and priorities for SCO's developmental cooperation, a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Wednesday said. "India became a full member of SCO on June 9, 2017".

Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, India and Pakistan are SCO members while Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia are observers.

EAM Swaraj arrived in Russian's Sochi on Thursday to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit.

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

He reaffirmed Afghanistan's political will and commitment to the SCO objectives in enhancing regional connectivity and contributing towards security, stability, economic growth and prosperity of our entire region.

Li told reporters that both China and Russian Federation will play a constructive role to "strengthen communication and coordination on worldwide affairs, and cement cooperation within multilateral frameworks including the SCO". But there are still no plans to have a bilateral meeting with Pakistani leaders.

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