Wen leaves for SCO prime ministers' meeting

Updated: 2011-11-06 11:54


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BEIJING - Premier Wen Jiabao on Sunday left Beijing for Russia's St. Petersburg to attend the 10th Meeting of the Prime Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states from Nov 6 to 8.

Wen was invited by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Wen's entourage include Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Director of the National Development and Reform Commission Zhang Ping, and Minister of Commerce Chen Deming.

Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said on Tuesday that during the meeting, leaders from the SCO member states "will view the organization's development and cooperation over the past year, thoroughly analyze the current international and regional situation and make working plans for the SCO's next phase of development."

Cheng, a member of Wen's entourage, said goals for the meeting would be issuing a joint communique after the meeting regarding the economic situation of the SCO, the creation of plans for future work based on a summary of the organization's cooperative efforts thus far and the promotion of economic and trade cooperation.

The SCO, founded in Shanghai in June 2001, groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.