Shanghai Spirit in SCO key for regional peace and stability

By Muhammad Asif Noor | China Economic Net Oct 15, 2021

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 14 (China Economic Net)- Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is playing an important role in building peace and stability in the region. It has the potential to gather consensus on the Afghanistan issue and countries are working together to develop cooperation in all dimensions to build on the Shanghai Spirit.

Speakers of the Webinar on “Post Dushanbe SCO Summit 2021-Outcomes, Regional Complexities and Way Forward” organized by the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS) and Pakistan-SCO Friendship Forum were of the view that SCO is providing the opportunities to member countries to create a conducive environment of cooperation in diverse sectors. The Webinar was organised to discuss the outcomes of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit and the way forward.

Ms. Farhat Asif, President of IPDS moderated the session and shared about the initiatives taken by the institute, including Pakistan SCO Friendship Forum, Centre for SCO Studies, and diploma courses for enhancing understanding about SCO in Pakistan. She also read an appreciation message from The Good Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation Commission of SCO, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on the occasion.

While speaking on the occasion, Naveed Shehzad, Director SCO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, highlighted the SCO Summit and the role of Pakistan in SCO. He also mentioned the objectives of SCO are aligned with Pakistan's foreign policy objectives of peace, prosperity, and development.

Dr. Andrey Kortunov, Director-General, Russian International Affairs Council, discussed the regional dynamics of SCO and expressed his optimism about regional peace and stability. Dr. Kang Jie, Associate Research fellow of China Institute of International Studies, mentioned SCO expansion. He said that member states should cooperate with other regional organizations for mutual benefits. He was also of the view that SCO should become a forum of mutual learning.

Kabuljon Sabirov, Director of SCO center for public diplomacy, Dr. Vladimir Evseev, Head of the CIS Institute Department of Eurasian Integration and SCO Development, Russia, and Dr. Anton Dudaronak from the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Research, Belarus, as well as academicians, students, and faculty members from different parts of the world also participated in the webinar.

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