China’s role is wel­comed on build­ing Shang­hai spirit

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNACIONAL - AHMEED

A.C. SHAHUL COLOMBO—The Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tions (SCO) reached yet an­other mile­stone at its re­cently con­cluded Sum­mit in Tashkent when In­dia and Pak­istan joined the union as full mem­bers , af­ter sign­ing its Me­moran­dum of Obli­ga­tions .

Ini­tially or­gan­ised as the Shang­hai Five in 1996 with the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China ; Repub­lic of Kaza­khstan, the Kyr­gyz Repub­lic, the Rus­sian fed­er­a­tion and the Ta­jik­istan , Uzbeck­istan joined the or­gan­i­sa­tion in 2001. the group was re­named the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Also known as Eura­sia’s G7 the SCO cel­e­brated the 15th year of its found­ing re­cently in Tashkent re­cently.

Afghanistan, Be­larus, Iran and Mon­go­lia at­tended the sum­mit while Ar­me­nia, Azer­bai­jan, Cam­bo­dia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey at­tended as di­a­logue part­ners,

Since the for­ma­tion the or­gan­i­sa­tion has al­ways been suc­cess­ful in putting into prac­tice the ground-break­ing ‘Shang­hai Spirit’ which is founded on the strong prin­ci­ple s of mu­tual ben­e­fit, equal­ity , con­sul­ta­tion, re­spect for di­verse civ­i­liza­tions and pur­suit of com­mon devel­op­ment.

Rus­sain Pres­i­dent Vlad­mir Putin men­tioned that the SCO has be­come a pop­u­lar and at­trac­tive or­gan­i­sa­tion in the re­gion and many coun­tries around the world have ex­pressed will­ing­ness to join it.Even though the Rus­sian leader ac­knowl­edged that the ac­ces­sion of In­dia and Pak­istan into the SCO alone would not halt the two hold­ing dif­fer­ent stand­points on cer­tain is­sues, he was op­ti­mistic that the union would atleast pave the way for the set­tle­ment of these isues.—Email

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