China supports SCO to cooperate with others

Updated: 2007-08-16 19:50

BISHKEK -- China supports the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to hold dialogue and carry out exchanges and cooperation with other countries and international organizations, Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Thursday.

Presidents (L to R): Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, Hu Jintao of China, Kurmanbek Bakiyev of Kyrgyzstan, Vladimir Putin of Russia, Emomali Rakhmonof Tajikistan, Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan pose for a family photo as they gather for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Bishkek August 16, 2007. [Reuters]

Addressing the ongoing SCO summit in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, Hu said opening-up and deepening cooperation with other countries and international organizations will help SCO build a sound external environment conducive to its development.

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"We will stick to peaceful cooperation as well as multilateralism when concerns from other parts of the world towards SCO, especially towards Central Asia, are increasing," Hu said.

"We will support all activities that benefit regional peace, stability and economic progress and will help preserve the solidarity and security of its member countries," he stressed.

The president went on to say that China supports SCO to start at an early date substantial cooperation with its observer countries, which include Mongolia, Pakistan, India and Iran, and encourages the group to carry out extensive cooperation with all countries and international organizations which agree to SCO's doctrines and principles so as to safeguard world peace and push for a fairer and more reasonable international order.

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