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A meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the SCO member states opened

Today in Astana there is a meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Chairman of the meeting Karim Massimov, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, greeted the heads of state expressing deep gratitude in their personal presence. The meeting is attended by: Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the PRC, Prime Minister of Tajikistan Kohir Rasulzoda, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Joomart Otorbaev, First Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Rustam Azimov, and Director of the Executive Committee of the Regional Antiterrorist Structure of SCO Zhang Xinfeng and SCO Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev.

The main topic of today's meeting will be the prospects for strengthening and developing trade and economic cooperation, in particular logistics, energy and food security.

Recall that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was established on the basis of the Shanghai Five (Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) and began its work in 2001.

At the moment, the members of the organization are Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. India, Mongolia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan have observer status. Pakistan and India in September 2014 submitted official applications for joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Iran also expressed its intention to full-fledged membership in the secondary school. Sri Lanka and Armenia, in turn, have applied for observer status, while Belarus and Turkey have the status of a “dialogue partner”.

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