SCO Summit: Sushma Swaraj attends dinner hosted by Russian PM

Trevor Jackson
December 2, 2017

China and Russian Federation have fat-tracked their cooperation and alliance in recent years.

With Lashkar-e-TOiba chief Hafiz Saeed released from custody in Pakistan and Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar roaming around freely there, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is likely to call for concerted regional and global efforts to combat terrorism, as she attends the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). India's membership was strongly pushed by Russian Federation, while Pakistan's entry into the grouping was backed by China.

Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, India and Pakistan are SCO members while Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia are observers.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Friday that Pakistan would be happy to provide a succour to SCO's efforts towards building a stable and secure Afghanistan.

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He also said that foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua on Wednesday went to the Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) hearing of 2008 Mumbai attack case and "informed the court that the decision of the court to convey the names of the Indian witnesses required for testifying in this case was being considered by the Interior Ministry".

PM Abbasi is expected to outline Pakistan's commitment to SCO's objectives, including fighting terrorism and extremism and its honest interest in regional peace, stability and development.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will lead Russia's delegation at the Sochi SCO meetings.

The two-day SCO Summit being held in Russia's Sochi began on Thursday. But there are still no plans to have a bilateral meeting with Pakistani leaders.

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