Pakistan happy to support SCO efforts for peaceful Afghanistan: PM Abbasi

14th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Prime Ministers' Meeting in Zhengzhou China earlier this year

14th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Prime Ministers' Meeting in Zhengzhou China earlier this year

The prime minister further said that harmonising laws and regulations for trade practices, movement of merchandise and custom rules will facilitate better trade among partners.

Li made the pledge when meeting with Afghan government Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on the sidelines of the 16th meeting of the Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Heads of Government (Prime Ministers).

The meeting had been mandated to focus on the strategy, prospects and priorities for SCO's developmental cooperation, a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Wednesday said.

It is the first SCO Heads of Government meeting that Pakistan will attend after assumption of full membership of the organisation in June this year, Radio Pakistan reported. The retreat would be followed by a plenary session of the CHG, where Abbasi would deliver a speech.

It is also likely to discuss issues relating to the regional security scenario, including the Gulf and Afghanistan.

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Li told reporters that both China and Russian Federation will play a constructive role to "strengthen communication and coordination on worldwide affairs, and cement cooperation within multilateral frameworks including the SCO".

The SCO Summit is also being attended by Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. But there are still no plans to have a bilateral meeting with Pakistani leaders.

The accession of India and Pakistan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has increased cooperation among the member states, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.

Pakistan, India and Iran were admitted as observers at the 2005 Astana Summit.

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