Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived at Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek for a two day visit to attend the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State (CHS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit.
The Prime Minister landed yesterday and was received by Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan and Kyrgyz Minister for Health Kosmosbek Sarievich Cholponbaev.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Special Assistant to PM on Youth Affairs Muhammad Usman Dar are accompanying Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Besides Pakistan, SCO’s membership comprises China, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. SCO Observers include Afghanistan, Iran, Belarus and Mongolia. The Council of Heads of State is the highest forum of SCO which considers and defines strategy, prospects and priorities of the Organization.
The invitation to the Prime Minister was extended by Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, who would Chair the CHS Meeting. The Leaders of SCO Member and Observer States as well as representatives of important International Organizations will attend the meeting. A number of decisions will be approved by the leaders, besides signing of agreements to intensify cooperation in diverse fields. The Prime Minister will have bilateral interaction with other participating leaders on the sidelines.
Since becoming an SCO member in 2017, Pakistan has been actively participating at all levels in various SCO mechanisms including Foreign Affairs, defence, national security, economy and trade, education and healthcare, S&T and innovation, youth and women empowerment, justice and more.
SCO is among the major trans-regional organizations. Pakistan shares deep rooted historical and cultural links with SCO Member States. SCO’s multi-sectoral cooperation agenda is in line with the Government of Pakistan’s policy of promoting regional peace and stability and seeking enhanced linkages in infrastructure, economic, trade and cultural spheres. Pakistan offers critical overland route for trade and energy and supports SCO’s efforts for regional integration through linking CPEC with the 6 land routes of SCO.