15 April 2015, Wednesday, 15:44
UFA, 15 April 2015. /Bashinform News Agency, Galiya Nabieva/. Secretaries of Security Councils of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Moscow discussed issues related to the preparation of the upcoming SCO Summit in July in Ufa, RIA Novosti reports. The head of the Russian Security Council Nikolay Patrushev said that "a thorough exchange of views on international and regional security, the ways of further development of the organization" was at the meeting.
A number of issues related to the preparation of the upcoming Council of Heads of States, including the progress of harmonization of the SCO Development Strategy until 2025 was discussed at the meeting. "There were interesting proposals by the heads of delegations from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. They were reflected in the outcome documents of the meeting, which my colleagues and I have signed", news agency quoted Nikolay Patrushev.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a permanent intergovernmental international organization. The Declaration on the Establishment of the SCO was signed at a meeting of heads of states in Shanghai in June 15, 2001. To date, members of the SCO are Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Mongolia, India, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan are granted a status of observers. In September 2014, Pakistan and India formally applied for membership in the SCO, Iran also claims to full membership in the organization. Requests for observer status were submitted by Sri Lanka and Armenia. Belarus, Sri Lanka and Turkey have the status of "dialogue partner" of the SCO.