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Leaders of the SCO Member States Jointly Meet the Press Xi Jinping Delivers a Speech as Head of the SCO Presidency

On June 10, 2018, leaders of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) jointly met the press. President Xi Jinping delivered a speech as head of the SCO presidency. Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, President Sooronbay Jeenbekov of Kyrgyzstan, President Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistan, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan and President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan were present.

Xi Jinping introduced the important consensuses and achievements reached at the SCO Qingdao Summit. All parties agree to enhance solidarity and coordination and deepen partnerships featuring peace, cooperation, equality, openness, inclusiveness and mutual benefit. All parties, guided by the vision for common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, will jointly uphold regional security and stability. All parties will uphold the authority and efficacy of the rules of the World Trade Organization, strengthen an open, inclusive, transparent, non-discriminatory and rules-based multilateral trading regime, oppose trade protectionism of any form, and enhance the Belt and Road cooperation and complementarity of our respective development strategies. All parties will continue to carry out cooperation in culture, education, science and technology, environmental protection, health, tourism, youth, media and sports, with a view to promoting mutual learning between cultures and amity between the peoples. All parties will expand international interactions and cooperation of the SCO and work with the United Nations and other international and regional organizations to jointly promote lasting peace and common prosperity of the world. All parties will actively support and cooperate with Kyrgyzstan in taking over the presidency work and ensuring the success of next year's summit.

Xi Jinping stressed that leaders of the member and observer states of the SCO and principals of relevant international and regional organizations have agreed to abide by the goals and principles of the SCO Charter, carry forward the Shanghai Spirit, as well as jointly pursue regional peace, stability and development by promoting good-neighborliness and friendliness and deepening practical cooperation. I am confident that with our joint efforts, the SCO will enjoy an even better future.

Before meeting the press, leaders of the member states signed the Qingdao Declaration of the Council of Heads of Member States of the SCO and a series of resolutions, including issuing An Action Plan for 2018-2022 to Implement the Treaty on Long-Term Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation Among the SCO Member States, the Programme of Cooperation Among the SCO Member States on Counter-Terrorist, Counter-Separatist and Counter-Extremist Measures for 2019-2021, the Anti-Drug Strategy of the SCO Member States for 2018-2023 and the Program of Action for Its Implementation, and the SCO Concept to Prevent Abuse of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, formulating the Draft Programme of Cooperation Among the SCO Member States on Food Security, ratifying the SCO Concept on Environmental Protection, An Action Plan of the Joint Message from Heads of Member States of the SCO to Young People, A Report by the SCO Secretary-General on SCO Activities Over the Past Year, and A Report by the Council of the Regional Anti-terrorist Structure on the Activities of Regional Anti-terrorist Structure in 2017, signing the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation Between the SCO Secretariat and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (2018-2022), appointing the SCO Secretary-General, Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure and others, as well as witnessed the signing of cooperation documents in such areas as economy, trade, customs, tourism and external exchanges.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others attended the above activities.

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