Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan Khamrokhon Zarifi took part in the session of the Foreign Ministers Council of the member states of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on July 13 in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan, the press service of the Ministry reported.
The participating sides exchanged opinions on urgent regional and global issues, main development tendency in the world’s situation, SCO further strengthening as the major international structure, and expansion of its relations with other comprehensive unions.
The Tajik Minister drew participants’ attention to such urgent issues as safeguarding of peace and security in the region, fighting against terrorism, political extremism, separatism and illegal drug trafficking, SCO and UN interaction in Afghanistan, cooperation of SCO member states in energy, transport communication and other sectors.
It is necessary to speed up the process of establishing peace and revival in Afghanistan and find out complex measures of wider interaction with UN and other SCO partners, which will turn existing dangerous tendencies for the better, Zarifi noticed.
Tajikistan’s Foreign Minister also emphasized that it is necessity to concentrate common efforts upon the cooperation development in energy and transport communication sectors, and to establish favorable conditions for trade and investments.
Cooperation of SCO member-states in the agricultural sector was mentioned as well, as it plays an important role for ensuring the regional food security. In particular, Khamrokhon Zarifi supported an idea of carrying out the mechanism for cooperation in the foodstuff security among the SCO member states.
The Minister also invited the representatives of SCO member-states to take an active part at the International Conference on Water Cooperation in August in Dushanbe, and forge common conceptual view on existing water problems in the region