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10 November 2020, 16:38

SCO may hold summit in September 2021

MINSK, 10 November (BelTA) — The next summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) may take place in September 2021, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon said during an online meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council on 10 November, BelTA has learned.

“It is proposed to hold the next meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council in the capital of Tajikistan on 16-17 September. We expect substantive joint work with the support of the SCO member states and permanent bodies,” Emomali Rahmon said.

Russia is holding the presidency in the SCO in 2019-2020. Tajikistan is the next country to take over.

According to Emomali Rahmon, during its presidency Russia has done “a great job to maintain the pace of stable work of the organization, has reached a number of significant practical results”. Next year the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will celebrate its 20th anniversary, and Tajikistan intends to work on further development of the organization and strengthening of its potential, Emomali Rahmon emphasized.

The SCO has eight member states (India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). Four states have observer status (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, Mongolia). There are six dialogue partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Turkey).

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