Special reports: President Hu attends SCO, BRIC
meetings, visits 3 nations
Chinese President Hu Jintao (C Front) and other leaders to a meeting of heads of state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) walk to the venue of an informal dinner to be hosted by Russian President Dmitri Medvedev (1st R Front) in Yekaterinburg, Russia, June 15, 2009. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
YEKATERINBURG, Russia, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Leaders of
the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Monday held a Smaller Meeting in
the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.
Present at the meeting were the leaders of the six
SCO member nations -- China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and
It was not immediately known what the leaders had
discussed at their meeting, but such issues as regional security, economic
cooperation and the global financial crisis were the possible topics.
On Tuesday, the leaders will hold a Smaller Meeting
with the heads of state or government of the four SCO observer nations, which is
to be followed by an extended meeting.
Iran, Mongolia, Indian and Pakistan have observer status at the SCO. Joint documents will be signed after Tuesday's meetings, and there will be a press conference given by the leaders of the SCO, which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai.
Leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) coming for an annual SCO summit hold a smaller meeting in the Hyatt Regency Yekaterinburg Hotel, in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on June 15, 2009. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
LEADERS OF PAKISTAN,
INDIA TO MEET
Pakistani and Indian leaders will meet in
Yekaterinburg Tuesday on the sidelines of the SCO summit, an official with the
Pakistani delegation said.
"Yes, it has been confirmed," Fasih Ullah Khan, the
information officer of the Pakistani delegation, told Xinhua.
Khan said the two leaders, Pakistani President Asif
Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, would meet in an "informal
manner," like shaking hands and saying hello to each other.
This will be the first meeting between the leaders of
the two countries after the devastating Mumbai attacks last November.
In another development, Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad postponed a scheduled visit to Russia Monday, but will attend the
SCO summit meeting Tuesday, a diplomat with the Iranian embassy in Moscow
Ahmadinejad would not arrive on Monday as previously
scheduled, but would fly in on Tuesday to attend the SCO summit, the diplomat
told Xinhua by telephone.
The president would attend the summit only, said the
diplomat, who declined to be identified.
Earlier Monday, the Itar-Tass news agency said the
Iranian president, who had won Friday's presidential election, had cancelled his
visit to Russia due to the tense political situation in his country following
About 42,000 police officers have been deployed in
Yekaterinburg as part of tight security measures, said Valentin Kuzmin, chief of
Social Security Police in the Ural region of Sverdlovsk. Yekaterinburg is the
administrative center of Sverdlovsk.