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    China's Assistant Foreign Minister said that Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) leaders will discuss strengthening collaboration and countering terrorism at the organization's 14th heads of government meeting on December 14-15.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) leaders will discuss strengthening collaboration and countering terrorism at the organization's 14th heads of government meeting on December 14-15 in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, China's Assistant Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said Tuesday.

    "I am sure that at the upcoming council of heads of government of the SCO, all of the leaders will undoubtedly exchange opinions on the matter of fighting terrorism. They will discuss strengthening cooperation on the way of countering terrorism within the bounds of the SCO in order to defend peace and stability in this region," Guoping said at a special briefing devoted to the upcoming meeting.

    SCO member states have already conducted multiple joint counter-terrorist drills, the deputy minister added, expressing certainty in bolstered coordination in the future. China is currently consulting with Russia on approaches to counter terror, Guoping said.

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will be on an official visit to China between December 14-17, according to the Russian government's press service. He will attend the 20th regular meeting of Russia's and China's heads of government.

    The SCO meeting will cover a range of issues, including cooperation in trade, investment, finance, transportation and culture, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. Pressing matters of regional cooperation and bolstering the development and stability of all SCO members will be prioritized, Hua said Monday.

    The SCO comprises China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as two acceding states India and Pakistan, and four observer states, including Iran and Afghanistan.


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