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Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs visited Tashkent to participate in the 13th Council of Heads of Government (CHG) of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on 29th November 2013.

Addressing the forum, the Adviser applauded the principles of the SCO its impressive accomplishments and has regional approach to offer a template for global peace, security and economic growth. The Adviser highlighted Pakistan’s continued engagement with SCO and looked forward to work closely with it.

On the sidelines of the meeting, the Adviser met H.E KamilovAbdulazizKhafizovich, Foreign Minister of the Uzbekistan. Both the leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relationsand agreed to expand cooperation in all spheres especially communication linkages between two countries and energy. They also discussed the regional situation including Afghanistan and agreed to continue to consult on regional developments.

The Advisor also met MS. NoeleenHeyzer, the Under Secretary General of UN and Executive Secretary of ESCAP.

Pakistan enjoys Observer status in SCO and its full membership is currently under consideration by SCO members. Pakistan believes that an expanded SCO can play an important role in promoting regional trade and economic cooperation.

November 30, 2013

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