SCO Summit Begins in Astana with President of Kazakhstan’s Address

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit commenced today in Astana.

President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, opened the summit with a keynote address highlighting the organization’s pivotal role in international relations over the past quarter-century.

“For almost 25 years, our organization has become a crucial mechanism in global affairs, contributing significantly to sustainable growth and overall progress. Our fruitful cooperation in politics, security, economics, and culture has set the course for Eurasian development. Through our collective efforts, bolstering the ‘Shanghai spirit’ and advancing SCO principles, we have positioned the SCO as one of the most influential international structures. The unique potential of our association continues to attract growing global interest,” stated Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

The summit commenced with the historic signing ceremony granting full membership to the Republic of Belarus within the SCO.

“Today, we will make crucial decisions on further expanding the organization,” President Tokayev emphasized.

Leaders from member states, observer states, and dialogue partners have convened to discuss a broad spectrum of political, trade, economic, and cultural issues.

The summit agenda includes discussions aimed at forging new agreements on cooperation in counter-terrorism efforts, combating “the three forces of evil,” anti-drug initiatives, curbing transnational organized crime, and ensuring information security.




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