On SCO summit sidelines, CEO refuses to meet Pakistan PM

Posted December 02, 2017

Pakistan prime pinister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is now in the Russian city of Sochi for the SCO Head of Governments meeting and Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Mohammad Faisal was asked at regular briefing about any meeting between the leaders of the two countries.

The prime minister further said that harmonising laws and regulations for trade practices, movement of merchandise and custom rules will facilitate better trade among partners.

Medvedev said the accession of India and Pakistan to the SCO in June "means that the organization is rising and promoting practical cooperation in all areas, from economy to security".

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Friday that Pakistan would be happy to provide a succour to SCO's efforts towards building a stable and secure Afghanistan.

The retreat will be followed by a plenary session of the Council of Heads of Government where the prime minister will deliver a statement.

"We also look forward to working with member states on SCO's development strategy and important initiatives such as the China-led Silk Road Economic Belt and other similar integration platforms", he stated.

Abbasi is expected to outline Pakistan's commitment to SCO's objectives, including fighting terrorism and extremism and its honest interest in regional peace, stability and development.

The summit is going to be attended by leaders from Pakistan and China.

The SCO anti-extremism treaty was signed by eight member countries in June's Astana summit in Kazakhstan, but it will come into force with approvals in the member countries, namely China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.

EAM Swaraj arrived in Russian's Sochi on Thursday to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit.