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Interview: SCO plays vital role in safeguarding peace, security of region: Pakistani president

2018-07-16  Source:Xinhua  Author:

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain (5th L) speaks during an interview with Chinese media at the Presidential Palace in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan on June 6, 2018. Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain said his country sees the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as an important framework for regional cooperation and it has played a vital role in safeguarding peace and security in the region. (Xinhua/Ahmad Kamal)

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain said his country sees the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as an important framework for regional cooperation and it has played a vital role in safeguarding peace and security in the region.

The president told the Chinese media Wednesday ahead of his departure for the upcoming SCO's summit to be held in China's eastern port city of Qingdao that the organization promotes multifaceted cooperation in the region in a wide array of fields, adding that the SCO includes the Pakistan's major development and strategic partners.

"It allows us to share perspectives, coordinate positions and develop practical and concrete cooperation with these important countries," he said.

The president said the organization espouses the values of the Shanghai Spirit, which features mutual trust and respect, equality, respect for diverse civilizations and pursuit of shared development.

Pakistan, as a new member of the SCO since 2017, is "committed to enhancing our relations with all SCO members on the basis of these values," he added.

The Pakistani president hailed the SCO's Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) as an important and useful forum for cooperation against the common enemy of terrorism. He said his country has successfully combated terrorism and it is ready to share its experiences in tackling the menace of terrorism through the SCO-RATS.

He expected that initiatives of SCO on investment promotion, trade facilitation, customs cooperation, e-commerce, small and medium enterprises, rail and road connectivity and tourism cooperation should be tied to specific timelines, that initiatives such as SCO Development Bank and SCO Development Fund should be pursued in earnest, and the SCO Business Council should be empowered and entrusted to establish business-to-business linkages.

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