Karachi, 4 May 2023 (TDI): FM of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is leading the Pakistan delegation to the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM)of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Goa from 4-5 May.

This annual event is an important platform for member states to discuss and deliberate upon pressing regional and international issues, with a view to enhancing mutual cooperation and understanding.

The SCO, which was founded in 2001, is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance comprising eight member states, including China, Russia, and India. It seeks to promote stability, security, and economic integration in the region.

At the CFM, the member states are expected to finalize the agenda and decisions to be adopted by the 17th SCO Council of Heads of State.

The CFM is also expected to sign various Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) to strengthen further cooperation between member states in diverse areas, including trade, energy, and security.

Pakistan has been an active member of the SCO since 2017 and has been actively participating in its activities and initiatives.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s participation in the CFM highlights Pakistan’s commitment to enhancing regional cooperation and its role as a responsible member of the international community.

Pakistan at SCO CFM 2022
Last year also, Pakistan was represented by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at SCO CFM meeting which was held in Tashkent from 28-29 July 2022.

The official engagements began with a joint call by the SCO Foreign Ministers on the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

During the meeting, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed his gratitude for the warm reception accorded to him and his delegation and reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire further to strengthen the close relations between Uzbekistan and Pakistan.

In his statement at the Council of Foreign Ministers meeting, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari highlighted Pakistan’s perspective on important regional and international issues of concern to SCO member states.

He emphasized that shared prosperity was essential for peace, stability, and development in the SCO region and globally, especially in light of the developing geo-political changes and challenges to the international economic order in the post-Covid era.

The SCO remains an important forum for Pakistan to engage with its neighbors and other major regional powers on issues of common concern.