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President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan aims to further strengthen its relations with the SCO after becoming a full member. Speaking at the plenary session of the SCO Summit here in Tashkent today, the President underlined that signing of Memorandum of Obligations was a major step towards Pakistan’s full membership of SCO.

The President reiterated Pakistan’s firm commitment to SCO’s Charter and highlighted deep rooted cultural and historic links with SCO members. Pakistan would contribute positively in SCO’s objectives of security and economic cooperation, he added.

President Mamnoon Hussain underlined Pakistan’s contribution to global and regional fight against terrorism. Talking about the ongoing comprehensive and all-out law enforcement action Operation “Zarb-e-Azb”, the President said that it is against all terrorists groups without distinction. He informed the participants that Operation Zarb-e-Azb has achieved phenomenal success and backbone of the terrorists had been broken and their main infrastructure dismantled.

The President said that Pakistan firmly believes that the path to regional peace and stability lies in economic connectivity and development. CPEC as a lynchpin for regional economic integration and connectivity would bring the SCO a step closer to achieving its vision of regional economic integration.

The Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs signed the Memorandum of Obligations on behalf of Pakistan. This constitutes a key step in the process for Pakistan’s full membership of SCO.

The President is leading the Pakistan delegation to the SCO Summit. Besides participating in the plenary session of the Summit, he held bilateral meetings with the Presidents of some of participating countries on the sidelines of the event.

24 June 2016

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