MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
Mikhail Mishustin took part in a meeting of the Heads of Government Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization via videoconference.
Heads of delegations of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states:
Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin
Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang
Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Akylbek Zhaparov
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi
Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin
Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan Kokhir Rasulzoda
Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov
Mikhail Mishustin’s remarks:
Mr Askar Mamin, good afternoon. Colleagues, friends.
I would like to join you in expressing gratitude to our Kazakh partners for the excellent preparation of this meeting.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization marks its 20th anniversary this year. In such a short period – short by international associations ’standards – the SCO has evolved as an effective format for interaction among Eurasian states, resolving regional issues, and aligning national development strategies. For this purpose, it has developed a solid regulatory framework covering a wide variety of fields from politics and the economy to security and humanitarian ties. Our states are consistently deepening cooperation, implementing mutually beneficial cross-border economic and investment projects and promoting significant multilateral initiatives.
At the September summit in Dushanbe, the leaders of our states identified the priorities for further strengthening this organization. Much work remains to be done to implement the agreements reached at the highest level.
Over the past few years, the world has faced profound, system-wide changes. The coronavirus pandemic has led to a downturn in key sectors of the global economy, pushing up unemployment. International value chains have been disrupted, and trade and investment have shrunk.
The external market environment is not exactly favorable either. Our Western partners often use unfair competition strategies to keep their dominant positions. Protectionist measures and illegal unilateral sanctions are expanding.
Regional conflicts are also escalating. The situation in Afghanistan, which is struggling with an acute socioeconomic crisis, raises serious concern. It is important to prevent that country, which is close to all of us, from sliding into a humanitarian catastrophe. Following President Vladimir Putin instructions, we have dispatched the first batch of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. Other SCO states are also providing support to the Afghan people.
It is in our common interests to ensure the peace, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Afghan state, freeing it from terrorism and drugs. It is essential for the safe and stable development of our entire region. However, undoubtedly, the main responsibility for post-conflict reconstruction should be borne by those countries whose actions led to the present tragedy.
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