Zardari to represent Pak at SCO meet

President Asif Ali Zardari will represent Pakistan at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to be held in Tashkent during June 10-11.

Last Updated: Jun 09, 2010, 14:03 PM IST

Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari will
represent Pakistan at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation
Organisation to be held in Tashkent during June 10-11.

Besides addressing the summit, Zardari is likely to
hold bilateral meetings with the Presidents of Uzbekistan,
China and Russia and other leaders, said a statement issued
today by the Foreign Office.

"The President`s participation in the SCO summit
reflects the immense importance that Pakistan attaches to
further strengthening its mutually beneficial cooperation with
the countries of the Eurasian region, particularly in the
field of promoting peace, stability and development," the
statement said.

The SCO is a regional grouping that brings together
China, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and
Uzbekistan.

Pakistan was granted observer status by the SCO in
2005. The organisation seeks to promote peace and stability in
the region.

Combating terrorism, extremism and organised crime
have received greater attention by the SCO in recent years.

The SCO has extended its outreach to include
observers and dialogue partners.

PTI