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SCO summit to begin in Sochi

02 December 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.

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India's ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran received Sushma Swaraj at Sochi ahead of the SCO summit
India's ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran received Sushma Swaraj at Sochi ahead of the SCO summit

The meeting will focus on further promotion and expansion of trade, economic and humanitarian cooperation in the SCO. Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is also participating in the SCO retreat being hosted by the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

India and Pakistan, formerly only observers in the SCO, joined as full members in June 2017.

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She will be attending the restricted meeting of the heads of delegations on Friday, which will be followed by the preliminary sessions.

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.

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Last week, Raveesh Kumar had said Swaraj will have bilateral meetings with several leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

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The SCO was founded in 2001, built on the foundations of a former organization - the Shanghai Five - and now includes China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikstan and Uzbekistan.

SCO summit to begin in Sochi