How SCO membership can bring PakistanAfghanistan closer

How SCO membership can bring PakistanAfghanistan closer

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged SCO member states to leave behind the legacy of peace and amity and not the toxic harvest of conflict and animosity.

Addressing the Heads of State Council of the SCO at Astana in Kazakhstan, he said instead of talking about containment, we should create shared spaces for all.

The Prime Minister welcomed the proposal of the Chinese President Xi Jinping on the need of a long term treaty of good neighborliness for the next five years.

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is not unfamiliar with the SCO but over the last decade it has developed a deep association with it as its active observer.

He said we have attended all its summits and worked earnestly with all the SCO institutions such as business council.

Expressing gratitude to the member countries for supporting Pakistan's permanent membership to the organization, he said it is a historic day for Pakistan to become the full member of the organization.

Also congratulating India for joining the SCO family, the Prime Minister noted that the SCO gives us a powerful platform to build trust, peace and spur economic growth.

He said it will also help us to combat terrorism, reduce arms race, fight poverty and epidemic, deal with climate change and ensure water security.

While fully endorsing the SCO resolve to eliminate terrorism and extremism, Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has valiantly fought against the menace.

We have turned around the economic and security situation in the country.

Nawaz Sharif said the expansion of the SCO is taking place at a very opportune time when mega connectivity projects such as One Belt One Road are being pursed in the region.

He said Pakistan is diligently implementing the CPEC which is the flagship project of the Chinese initiative.

He said the mega project will benefit the entire SCO countries.

The moot is expected to approve permanent membership of the organization for the country.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Astana on side-lines of the SCO summit and discussed the bilateral relations.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz was also present in the meeting.