Sochi (Staff Report): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Friday that Pakistan is fully committed to eliminate the evil of terrorism, adding that terrorism cannot be identified with any specific religion, country or nationality.
While addressing the 16th meeting of the Council of the Heads of Government (CHG) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Sochi, Russia, Abbasi said that peaceful political settlements are the need of the hour and Pakistan is ready to contribute to SCO’s mandate.
He further added that the future of SCO depends on deep bilateral relations, enhancing communication and connectivity through various means.
Harmonizing laws, movement of merchandise, removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers will further support SCO. Creating synergies between AIIB and regional stability through just means and investing more in fields of sports, medicine, education is imperative.
He also added saying that this is a historic opportunity for a trans-continental reach and Pakistan’s blithely ready to contribute for their mutual advantage.
PM Abbasi stressed upon the need for the members of the SCO to cooperate on improving the regional infrastructure and enhancing communication by building roads, air, maritime and IT networks.
He also pointed out the need for SCO members to develop multilateral trading systems, harmonise laws and regulations on trade facilitation and support the SCO inter-bank association in further enhancing economic trade and investment cooperation.
The PM concluded by saying: "In the coming decades, the SCO will emerge as an important global, geopolitical and geo-economic force."
Upon his arrival in Russia at the airport, the prime minister had been warmly received by Deputy Governor of Krasnodar Region, Vasiliv Shvetz, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Russia Qazi M. Khalilullah, and other officials.