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SCO Secretary-General Welcomed Entry of India and Pakistan into Organization

09.06.2017 18:11

The accession of India and Pakistan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a historic event SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov said in an interview with TASS.

"The Astana declaration is a historic document for a number of reasons. First of all, it reflects the willingness of the SCO founding members to expand the organization. India and Pakistan are the first new countries to be granted membership. This confirms the SCO’s principle of openness which was enshrined in its Charter 15 years ago", – Rashid Alimov stressed.

According to the SCO secretary general the accession of India and Pakistan was preceded by lengthy preparations. "The preparatory period completed when the two countries implemented the 2016 memorandums on obligations aimed at receiving SCO membership", – Alimov noted.

"The accession of such countries, important on the regional and global levels, will advance multi-faceted interaction between the organization’s members", SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov resumed.