Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit starts in Bishkek 2007-08-16 16:51:19   Print

Special Report: President Hu visits two nations, attends SCO summit   

    BISHKEK, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) began in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, on Thursday.

    Leaders of SCO's six member states -- Chinese President Hu Jintao, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon and Uzbek President Islam Karimov -- addressed the summit and inked a long-term treaty of good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation.

    Leaders and representatives from SCO's observer countries -- Mongolia, Pakistan, Iran and India -- also delivered speeches at the summit.

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and United Nations Under-Secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe attended the summit as guests of the host country.

    Founded in Shanghai on June 15, 2001 as an intergovernmental organization, the SCO groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, with Mongolia, Pakistan, Iran and India holding observer status.

    At present, SCO members cooperate in a wide range of fields, including security, economy, transportation, culture, disaster relief and law enforcement, with security and economic cooperation being their top priorities.

    President Hu: China supports SCO to hold dialogue, cooperate with other countries

    BISHKEK, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- China supports the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to hold dialogue and carry out exchanges and cooperation with other countries and international organizations, Chinese President Hu Jintao said here on Thursday.

    Addressing the ongoing SCO summit in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, Hu said opening-up and deepening cooperation with other countries and international organizations will help SCO build a sound external environment conducive to its development.

Editor: Wang Yan
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