In the press release on the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting it says:
On 24 April 2018, Beijing hosted a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) attended by Foreign Minister of India Sushma Swaraj, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov, State Councillor and Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Erlan Abdyldayev, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan Sirodjidin Aslov, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, as well as SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov and Director of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure Yevgeny Sysoyev. […]
The ministers noted that the world is rapidly developing and undergoing unprecedented change with the emergence of a multipolar world order, an increasingly globalised world economy, and enhanced connectivity and interdependence between states.
At the same time, the world is still facing the risks of instability, uncertainty, political tension, regional crises and conflicts. The destructive attempts to use unilateral restrictive measures for exerting political and economic pressure on sovereign states continue. In this connection, the foreign ministers stressed the need to follow multilateral approaches for resolving the issues the world is facing, and respond to various threats and challenges by improving global governance based on a collective approach. This in turn would facilitate the emergence of a new form of international relations based on mutual trust, justice, equality, mutually beneficial cooperation, as well as the emergence of a community of common destiny.
The ministers emphasised the accelerating transformation of the nature and geography of unconventional challenges in the world, and the need for the international community to come up with collective approaches to countering the threats posed by terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, communicable diseases, climate change, etc. […]
The ministers stressed the growing need for the global community to stand up for the aims and principles enshrined in the UN Charter as well as other generally accepted international norms, and confirmed their commitment to step up coordination efforts within the UN with the view to strengthening its central role in global governance and delivering on the goals of achieving universal peace, shared development and international cooperation, including in efforts to counter terrorism, separatism and extremism. […]
The ministers noted the efforts by the government and people of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to achieve national reconciliation and build a peaceful, stable, united and prosperous state, free from terrorism, extremism or drug trafficking. They called on the international community to step up cooperation, with the UN playing its central coordinating role, in order to promote a political settlement in Afghanistan and facilitate sustainable economic development and the well-being of the people of Afghanistan.
The ministers welcomed the outcome of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan “Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity” (27 March 2018) as a positive contribution to the peace process and recovery efforts in Afghanistan. […]
The ministers confirmed their shared belief that an inclusive political process led by the Syrians themselves in the only way to settle the crisis in Syria. The foreign ministers are committed to the inviolability of Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. They also noted the importance of the Astana and Geneva processes, as well as the outcome of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress (30 January 2018, Sochi) and their major contribution to advancing the political settlement in Syria.
The ministers expressed grave concerns about the missile strikes launched by three permanent members of the UN Security Council on Syrian territory on 14 April 2018. They believe that actions discussed at UN Security Council meeting No. 8233 on 14 April 2018 make the suffering of the Syrian people only worse. In this regard, the ministers stressed the importance of showing restraint in order to avoid further escalation and called for strengthening the key role of the UN and its Security Council as the main body tasked under the UN Charter with maintaining international peace, stability and security.
The ministers spoke in favour of consistency in implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear programme and stressed the importance of strict compliance by the parties with their obligations in order to ensure its full and effective implementation, as well as to promote peace and stability in the region.
The ministers emphasised the need to find a political settlement to the crisis in Ukraine based on rapid and full implementation of the Minsk Agreements of 12 February 2015. […] •
Source: Press release on the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting from 24 April 2018, http://eng.sectsco.org/news/20180424/413326.html
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