SCO Foreign Ministers Draft Package of Agreements at Moscow Meeting

© AP Photo / Pavel Golivkin, poolFrom left: Deputy Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Anvar Nasirov, Foreign Minister of Tajikistan Sirodjidin Aslov, Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Erlan Abdyldayev, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov, General Secretary of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Dmitry Mezentsev, Zhang Xinfeng, Director of Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization talk before a meeting of foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
From left: Deputy Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Anvar Nasirov, Foreign Minister of Tajikistan Sirodjidin Aslov, Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Erlan Abdyldayev, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov, General Secretary of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Dmitry Mezentsev, Zhang Xinfeng, Director of Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization talk before a meeting of foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization - Sputnik International
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The foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states have prepared a series of draft agreements to coordinate the fight against terrorism and other measures, during a meeting in the Russian capital on Wednesday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The package includes deals on fighting terrorism and extremism during the period 2016 – 2018, combating drug trafficking, a statement concerning the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II, as well as the SCO development strategy until 2025.

The SCO foreign ministers agreed to set in train the process of SCO enlargement, accepting India and Pakistan as member states that currently hold the status of observers, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters earlier in the day.

He added that the ministers also agreed to raise the status of Iran in the organization once the issue of Tehran’s nuclear program has been settled.

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All the documents worked out and discussed by the ministers are due to be signed during the SCO summit in Russia's southern city of Ufa in July.

The SCO is a political, economic and military alliance, established in 2001. It comprises Russia, China and Kazakhstan as well as the other Central Asian republics of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status, while Belarus, Turkey and Sri Lanka are dialogue partners.

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