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Premier Imran Khan reaches Bishkek to attend SCO meeting

BISHKEK: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday reached Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to attend the 19th meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

On the invitation of Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Prime Minister Khan is attending the two day summit.

He was received by his Kyrgyz counterpart Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev and Kyrgyz Minister for Health Kosmosbek Sarievich Cholponbaev.

PM Khan will address two sessions of the meeting and will also have bilateral interaction with other participating leaders on the sidelines.

Radio Pakistan reported that a range of decisions will be approved by the leaders of states, besides signing of agreements to intensify cooperation in diverse fields at the SCO meeting.

The leaders of SCO member and observer states as well as representatives of various international organizations will attend the meeting.

Since becoming an SCO member in 2017, Pakistan has been actively participating at all levels in various SCO mechanisms including Foreign Affairs, Defence, National Security, Economy and Trade, Science and Technology and Innovation, Youth and Women Empowerment, Tourism and Media.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had attended the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bishkek last month, which considered and finalized the documents and decisions to be signed by the SCO Leaders during the CHS meeting.

The Council of Heads of State is the highest forum of SCO which considers and defines strategy, prospects and priorities of the organization.

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