Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif expects stronger relations with Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif (left) and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Secretary General Ambassador Zhang Ming — Twitter/@abubakarumer/ Radio Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met on Sunday with Ambassador Zhang Ming, Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), who – together with officials from the SCO secretariat in Beijing, China – is currently in visit to invite the Prime Minister to join the annual summit bloc to be held in Uzbekistan from September 15-16 this year.

Taking to Twitter, the prime minister said that during the meeting he reiterated Pakistan’s strong commitment to the principles of the SCO and the spirit of Shanghai. He appreciated the organization’s role in strengthening international solidarity and cooperation in the face of global challenges, especially rising food and fuel prices.

Following Pakistan’s commitment to work with SCO member countries, the Prime Minister said the government was willing to work for the promotion of cooperation in trade and economy, connectivity and communication, energy and agriculture, climate change and information technology,” he said. , adding that there is immense potential for intra-SCO trade.

Ambassador Ming paid a four-day visit to Pakistan with the SCO delegation. During his stay in the federal capital, he held meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Ministers of Trade, Information Technology, Climate Change and Maritime Affairs. The SCO Secretary General also spoke at the Islamabad Institute for Strategic Studies (ISSI) and held talks with business leaders and entrepreneurs.

“The visit of the SCO Secretary General will be an opportunity for Pakistan to engage with the SCO secretariat while highlighting its perspective and priorities to make the SCO mechanisms more effective in advancing the shared regional security and economic objectives,” a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lily.

He further said that “the SCO provides an important platform for Pakistan to further strengthen its deep-rooted and historical ties with member states and promote socio-economic cooperation for mutual benefit in various fields.”

Composed of eight member countries including China and Russia, the SCO is a transregional multilateral entity. The member countries of the organization represent 41% of the world’s population and represent 23% of the world’s GDP.