Russia backs Pakistan for full membership of SCO: Envoy

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—This was said by Waheed ul Hassan, Special Secretary, Public Policy and Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan and who was also the chief guest of the seminar on “Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Role of Public Diplomacy in Regional Cooperation and Integration” organised by Pakistan-SCO Friendship Forum (PSCOFF)- Initiative of Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies in collaboration with School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.
Earlier speaking on the occasion Mr. Alexey Dedov, Ambassador of Russian Federation said that Russia always supported Pakistan for permanent membership status at the SCO so that it could play a more active role in this organization. Summit of Heads of States that was held in Ufa city of Russia in 2015, wherein it was agreed with consensus that Pakistan and India will be given the permanent membership of the organization. He expressed the hope that Pakistan would get full membership of the SCO and will get maximum benefit out of the regional cooperation and organization.
Furkat Siddikov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan, whose country has the current chairmanship of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), explained various initiatives of the Uzbekistan during the tenure. This is the third term of presidency for Uzbekistan in SCO. The next Summit of Heads of States is going to be held in Ashgabat, the capital city of Uzbekistan.
While speaking on the occasion, Prof.Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed, Director, School of Politics and International Relations, said that the regional interrogation is the order of the day in international politics and the subject of the seminar is timely.

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