PM Imran to represent Pakistan at SCO meeting in Bishkek

BISHKEK: Prime Minister Imran Khan will represent Pakistan at the 19th meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) beginning in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan today.

Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has extended the invitation to the prime minister to attend the two-day summit.

PM Imran will address two sessions of the meeting. A number of decisions will be approved by the leaders along with the signing of agreements to intensify cooperation in diverse fields.

The prime minister will have bilateral interaction with other participating leaders on the sidelines, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The leaders of SCO member and observer states, as well as representatives of important international organisations,  will attend the meeting.

Since becoming a member of SCO in 2017, Pakistan has been actively participating at all levels in various SCO mechanisms including foreign affairs, defence, national security, economy and trade, science and technology and innovation, youth and women empowerment, tourism and media.

Last month, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi attended the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bishkek, which finalised the documents and decisions to be signed by the SCO leaders during the Council of the Heads of State meeting.

The Council of Heads of State is the highest forum of SCO which considers and defines strategy, prospects and priorities of the organisation.

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