FM Qureshi departs for Russia to attend meeting of SCO’s Council of Foreign Ministers

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi departed for a two-day visit to Moscow to participate in a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s Council of Foreign Ministers (SCO-CFM) on the invitation of his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

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Regional and global issues are expected to be discussed at the SCO-CFM meeting, which would be chaired by Lavrov.

A joint statement is also expected to be issued after the meeting.

The foreign minister is expected to meet his counterparts from various other countries on the sidelines of the SCO-CFM, with talks to focus on issues of mutual interest, including bilateral relations.

“Pakistan has been actively working to achieve SCO’s multi-sectoral agenda through various mechanisms,” a statement from the Foreign Office said.

“The Moscow SCO-CFM will consider more than 20 documents for subsequent adoption in the SCO Council of Heads of State,” it added. “It will also adopt a Joint Communiqué reflecting member states’ unified stance on important regional and international issues.”

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