TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, June 21 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain
will arrive here Wednesday to represent Pakistan at the Heads of
States Council meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
(SCO) being held in the Uzbek capital on June 23-24.

“The summit is important as Pakistan will become the full member of the SCO which will brighten its prospects of gaining a strong and stable position in the region,” Pakistan’s Ambassador to Uzbekistan Riaz Hussain Bukhari told APP.

He said Pakistan was invited to start the process of becoming full SCO member at the Heads of State Council meeting held in Ufa, Russia, in July 2015.

“With signing of the `Memorandum of Obligations’ at Tashkent,
Pakistan will become the full member of the SCO following its
substantive contribution to regional peace, security and development,” he said.

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The ambassador mentioned that on becoming as full SCO member,
Pakistan would be in a better place to strengthen relations with
member states, including Russia, China and Central Asian states.

On the sidelines of SCO summit, President Mamnoon will hold bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Uzbek President Islam Karimov and other visiting heads of state.

The Foreign Office, in a statement, termed the SCO an important
organization founded in Shanghai in June 2001. Its member states include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The SCO Heads of States Council (HSC) is the highest decision-
making body of the organization.

The SCO comprises six member states, five observers and three
dialogue partners. Pakistan got the observer status in SCO in 2005
and was the first country to apply for full membership in 2010, the statement mentioned.

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The SCO aims at strengthening friendly relations among states, maintenance of peace, stability and security in the region, building
a new, just and rational international political and economic order,
joint efforts in combating terrorism, extremism, separatism and the
menace of narcotic substances.