FM Bilawal to lead Pakistan’s delegation at SCO-CFM in Tashkent

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will lead Pakistan’s delegation to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Foreign Ministers (SCO-CFM) meeting in Tashkent on July 28-29.

The invitation to attend the SCO-CFM was extended by the acting Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, Vladimir Norov, the Foreign Office Spokesperson said in a press release on Wednesday.

In the CFM meeting, the SCO foreign ministers would deliberate upon important regional and international issues as well as approve the decisions and documents to be presented to the Heads of State at the SCO Summit in Samarkand in September this year.

The foreign minister will also hold bilateral meetings with a number of his counterparts from SCO member states on the sidelines.

Besides Pakistan, SCO member states include China, India, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

SCO’s major objectives include promoting mutual confidence and good-neighbourly relations among member states; strengthening regional peace, security and stability; and creating a framework for effective cooperation in the political sphere, trade and economy, culture, science and technology, education, energy, transportation and connectivity, tourism, and environmental protection.

“Pakistan views SCO as an important trans-regional multilateral forum for further enhancement of our deep-rooted historical and cultural links with member states, providing these ties a sound economic foundation, and promoting Pakistan as a regional trade and transit corridor,” the spokesperson said.