MEM­BER­SHIP PROSPECTS

Beijing Review - - Sco Special -

Last June, Pak­istan of­fi­cially joined the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (SCO). As a new mem­ber of the SCO, what kind of role will Pak­istan play and what are the views in the coun­try on the fu­ture prospects of the or­ga­ni­za­tion? Be­fore the 18th SCO Sum­mit to be held on June 9-10 in Qingdao, east China’s Shan­dong Prov­ince, Pak­istani Am­bas­sador to China shared his in­sight on these ques­tions in an ex­clu­sive

An edited ex­cerpt of the in­ter­view fol­lows: in­ter­view with

Pak­istan is also a cul­tur­ally rich coun­try. We have strong cul­ture and com­mon her­itage links with SCO mem­ber states and can co­op­er­ate in the pro­mo­tion of SCO cul­ture in the re­gion and the world at large.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion is home to ap­prox­i­mately half of the world’s pop­u­la­tion. Pak­istan’s mem­ber­ship in the SCO has pro­vided it with a plat­form to in­ter­act more closely with Cen­tral Asian states and Rus­sia. Of course, with China we have tra­di­tion­ally had an all-weather, strate­gic, co­op­er­a­tive part­ner­ship. Co­op­er­at­ing with this re­gion will ben­e­fit Pak­istan’s se­cu­rity, ac­cel­er­ate its eco­nomic growth, en­hance its con­nec­tiv­ity and pro­mote its peo­ple-to-peo­ple ties with the re­gion.

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