Moscow supports Pakistan’s application for full-fledged membership in SCO

ISLAMABAD, December 15. /TASS/. Moscow supports Pakistan’s application for full-fledged membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Russian Ambassador to Pakistan Alexei Dedov said on Monday.

“Over more than a decade of its work, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has established itself as an authoritative organization, becoming a key player in the global and regional politics,” he said at a conference dedicated to Pakistan’s prospects to have a full-fledged membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. “Over the year of Russia’s presidency /in 2014-2015/,we will develop ties with partners within the SCO and create conditions of its further expansion.”

“Russia consistently supports Islamabad’s application to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a full-fledged member,” Dedov said. “We hope it will be approved after all SCO internal procedures are over.”

In the year of its presidency, the Russian ambassador stressed, Russia “will focus on launching large-scale multi-lateral economic projects, primarily in the areas of transport, energy, science and technology, peaceful use of space.” “At the same time, attention will be paid to expanding cultural and humanitarian ties. Thus, we plan to promote youth exchanges, tourism,” he said. “Our priorities include the development of the SCO Network University and establishing its division in Russia. We also think it important to encourage parliamentary, civil and trade union cooperation within the organization.”

Full article: Moscow supports Pakistan’s application for full-fledged membership in SCO (ITAR-TASS)

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