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    Global community should feel SCO presence - Uzbek president

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    ASTANA, July 5 (RIA Novosti) - Each Shanghai Cooperation Organization member state has its influence, vote and interests, Uzbek President Islam Karimov told a press conference in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, which hosted an SCO summit on Tuesday.

    Given that the organization united five Eurasian states and China, Karimov said that strategic partnership relations with China and Russia were useful for any country and added that the international community should feel the presence of the SCO on the international scene soon.

    Nambaryn Enkhbayar, the president of Mongolia, which has observer status within the organization, said his country considered cooperation with the SCO to be important, above all from the economic standpoint.

    "We hope the SCO will become an organization that will be able to ensure the stable development of our countries' economic potential," he said.

    Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz thanked the SCO for granting Pakistan observer status and said the region was full of possibilities to ensure stability and progress. He said all SCO members wanted peace and cooperation.

    Mohammad Reza Aref, the first vice president of Iran, said Iran could be a bridge between the SCO and Persian Gulf states.

    Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh thanked the SCO for granting his country observer status and said India would cooperate with the organization in a businesslike manner.

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