The Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon attended the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) via video-conference. The meeting was hosted by Russia, which holds the rotating SCO presidency this year.
The meeting participants discussed prospects for developing cooperation within the SCO and topical issues on the international and regional agendas.
The summit was also attended by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, Acting President, Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Sadir Japarov, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Imran Khan, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Roman Golovchenko, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of Mongolia Battulga Khaltmaa and the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Vladimir Norov. UN Secretary General António Guterres was also in attendence.
In his remarks, President Rahmon noted the measures taken by Russia during its SCO presidency and stressed that during its own presidency in 2021 Tajikistan will take all the necessary measures for the planned events that year, in particular the SCO jubilee summit scheduled to be held in Dushanbe.
While delivering his speech about the negative impact of the pandemic on the economies of countries in the region and the world, President Rahmon stressed the need to develop interstate cooperation focusing on trade, finance, industry, energy, transportation, banking, science, education, health care, culture and tourism.
He also drew the attention of the heads of SCO member nations to the importance of cooperation in the fight against terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, cybercrime and other forms of transnational organized crime, as well as the necessity of promoting the implementation of Tajikistan’s initiatives on water and ecology-related issues.
Taking into account the growing threat of illicit drug trafficking as one of the main sources of financing of terrorism and extremism, and the increase in natural disasters due to climate change and human impact on nature, President Rahmon noted the steps taken by the Tajik government to establish in Dushanbe a SCO Permanent Anti-Drug Center and the International Glacier Protection Fund within the framework of the Global Water Agenda, and called on Tajikistan’s partners to support them.
He also expressed useful views on providing assistance for promoting peace, stability and socio-economic development of Afghanistan, as well as strengthening integration with influential international organizations, such as the UN.
Following the session, a series of documents related to further expansion of cooperation between SCO member nations was adopted, including the Moscow Declaration of the SCO Heads of State Council.
In closing, the presidency in SCO was passed from the Russian Federation to Tajikistan. A jubilee meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the organization, will be held in 2021 in Dushanbe.