Four countries join SCO as dialogue partners

The heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member-states welcomed the accession of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal to the organization as dialogue partners, said the document, signed following the SCO summit in Tashkent June 24.

"The heads of the SCO member-states welcomed the signing of memorandums on granting the SCO dialogue partner status to the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Kingdom of Cambodia and Nepal," the document says.

According to the document, the SCO activity is not directed against other countries or international organizations.

The document also stressed the SCO's readiness to develop contacts and cooperation with other countries and organizations which are sharing the provisions of the SCO's fundamental documents.

Moreover, the document emphasized that the SCO welcomes the accession of interested countries.

According to the document, the international terrorism and extremism are equally called a growing threat to all countries of the world and human civilization as a whole.

It is possible to oppose the international terrorism and extremism only by intensifying the joint fight and the consolidated efforts of the international community, the document said.

The heads of the SCO member-states stood for rapid adoption of the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, the document said.

According to the document, the world economy is still suffering from the consequences of the global financial and economic crisis.

In this regard, all countries must strive for a profound transformation of the world economy through the large-scale structural reforms, diversification and increasing of competitiveness of economies and innovation development in the long term basis, the document said.

## 2549843 ## According to the document, the heads of the SCO member-states reaffirmed support for China's initiative on the establishment of the Silk Road Economic Belt.

For this purpose, the work will be continued to implement the project as one of the tools of creating favorable conditions for the development of regional economic cooperation, the document said.

"The SCO member-states will continue to consider the issue of establishing the SCO Development Bank and the SCO Development Fund (Special Account) to ensure financial support for the project activity," the document said.

The Tashkent declaration of the SCO 15th anniversary was signed, as well as the draft action plan for 2016-2020 for implementation of the SCO development strategy up to 2025 and the program of cooperation of the SCO member-states in the tourism sector were adopted following the SCO summit.

The SCO presidency for the forthcoming period passed to Kazakhstan following the SCO summit in Tashkent. The SCO next summit will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan on June 7-8, 2017.

Source: Trend

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