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June 28th 2016 – Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, has hosted the 16th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) – a political and economic group made up of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, with India and Pakistan slated to join in 2017. The Meeting was attended by the Heads of Members States – President Xi Jinping of China, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, President Almazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan, and President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan – as well as representatives from SCO observer states including President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj of Mongolia, President Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistan, Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif of Iran and President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan. President Jinping delivered a speech stressing the fundamental purposes and principles of the SCO, and highlighting its achievements since its foundation in 2001. During the Summit, representatives from India and Pakistan signed a memorandum of obligations, starting the formal process of joining the SCO as a full member. The next Meeting is scheduled to take place next year in Astana, with Kazakhstan due to assume the chairmanship of the SCO for a second time. Read More

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