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18th Meeting of the Council of Heads of State (CHS) of SCO Member States Qingdao, China (09-10 June, 2018)

(2018-06-08) The President of Pakistan H.E. Mr. Mamnoon Hussain will attend the 18th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State (CHS) at Qingdao, China on 09-10 June, 2018. The Qingdao Summit will mark a year since Pakistan joined the prestigious organization as a full member. The Council of Heads of State is the highest decision making forum of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization which meets annually and considers and defines strategy, prospects and priorities of the Organization.

The invitation to the President to attend the 18th meeting of CHS has been extended by Chinese President H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping, who would Chair the meeting. The Meeting will be attended by the Heads of States of SCO Member States, representatives of SCO Observer States as well as representatives of International Organizations including UN, CIS, ASEAN, IMF and the World Bank.

SCO is an established intergovernmental organization that aims to strengthen mutual confidence and good-neighborly relations, while promoting effective cooperation in the fields of politics, trade and economy, science and technology, culture, education, energy, transportation, tourism and environmental protection, among others. Besides Pakistan, its current membership comprises of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and India.

Pakistan shares deep rooted historical and cultural affinities with Member States of SCO. Pakistan affords critical overland connectivity for trade and energy and supports SCO's efforts for regional integration through linking its flagship program of CPEC with the 6 land routes of SCO. Pakistan's membership has been facilitating further deepening and broadening of our multifaceted relations with individual Member States, and SCO region at large.

Since accession as member, Pakistan has been participating regularly in all SCO meetings and events. It took part in negotiations and finalization of more than twenty documents including the Qingdao Declaration, important Decisions at the level of the Heads of State and Agreements/MOUs under various cooperation mechanisms of SCO. These documents are expected to be signed during the Summit.

Pakistan also participated in a number of Ministerial level meetings of SCO member states including those of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Law and Justice, Commerce, National Security, Culture, Tourism and Media, besides numerous Senior Officials Meetings. It has twice participated in the meeting of the Chief Justices/Presidents of the Supreme Courts. From 23 - 25 May 2018, Pakistan hosted the Legal Experts Group Meeting of the SCO's Regional Anti Terrorism Structure, marking the first occasion an SCO event has been held in Pakistan.

Pakistan has also been actively participating in various cultural and sports events such as musical performances, film festivals, art exhibitions, youth exchanges and marathon under the SCO auspices. These multifaceted activities reflect the truly integrated and dynamic nature of the grouping.

While SCO has achieved significant progress in promoting economic, cultural and social wellbeing in member states, its contributions for peace and security in the region are also noteworthy. SCO through its Regional Anti Terrorist Structure (RATS) has played a significant role in promoting peace, security and stability in the region.

On the sidelines of the Summit, the President will hold important bilateral meetings with his counterparts from the region.





Islamabad

08 June 2018