Bishkek (Web Desk): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called for collective efforts amongst the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member countries to meet the present day challenges and to achieve sustainable development, Radio Pakistan reported.
Addressing a two-day SCO Council of Foreign Ministers' meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday, Quresi said the SCO serves as an important platform for links amongst the regional countries. He said Pakistan is determined to implement the Charter of the SCO.
Referring to the geo strategic location of Pakistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Project will help further promote links in the region.
Condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, the foreign minister stressed the need for addressing root causes of the curse. He said Pakistan is amongst the few countries which successfully countered terrorism.
The Foreign Minister said Pakistan is ready to share its experience and expertise with the SCO friends to deal with terrorism.
On Afghanistan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said it is a matter of satisfaction that the Afghan peace process has started. He said Pakistan will continue to facilitate the Afghan peace process owned and led by its own people.
The Foreign Minister said conflict resolution is important for peace and stability in the South Asian region. He said Pakistan has given the message of peace by opening the Kartarpur Corridor for the Sikh community. He said we have practically reinforced the Shanghai spirit through Kartarpur corridor.
Earlier, Pakistan and Kazakhstan agreed to enhance the volume of their bilateral trade to one billion dollars.
The understanding came at a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Kazakh’s counterpart Beibut Atamkulov in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on the sidelines of the sidelines of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers' meeting.
Both the Foreign Ministers agreed to further expand their bilateral relations in diverse fields.