SCO Summit in Kyrgyzstan is main political event of year
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit, which will be held this year in Kyrgyzstan, is a landmark event in the political life of the country. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is strengthening its position and is recognized as one of the most respected organizations in the world. The prospects of cooperation between the Kyrgyz Republic and the SCO are seen as very deep with far-reaching plans for close cooperation.
President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov held a meeting on the organization of the summit. It should be noted that Kyrgyzstan sees great prospects for the development of the SCO in the geopolitical space of the world in general, and in Central Asia in particular. Strengthening the authority of this organization will depend on the effectiveness of cooperation in all vectors of mutually beneficial cooperation. Modern realities have changed a lot, and political trends have changed. The so-called center of gravity of political weight is changing. Now it is more important than ever to strengthen close ties and strengthen integration processes.
Jeenbekov recalled that in June last year, at the summit of the heads of the SCO member states in the Chinese city of Qingdao, the chairmanship in the Organization moved to Kyrgyzstan.
Expert Pavel Dementiev said that this is a great responsibility, but together with it the republic gets a real chance to declare about itself fully and to demonstrate its great potential in practice.”
“Kyrgyzstan considers the SCO as a platform for establishing mutual trust relations and developing cooperation. The authority of the SCO is strengthening and growing every year. The basis of the Organization is the unity of the member states, trusting partnership and mutual respect,” Jeenbekov said.
At the moment, preparations for such a significant event are in full swing. Some activities have already been held in the relevant ministries and departments, such as meetings of the Ministries of Justice, heads of the Accounting Chambers, heads of border services, ministers of agriculture of the SCO member states, the Council of Regional Anti-Terrorism Cooperation.
Not less important events are expected, namely, the meeting of the Security Council Secretaries, the Council of Foreign Ministers, the Council of Ministers of Defense, as well as cultural and humanitarian events, including the SCO Media Summit, an art exhibition, the International Marathon, the SCO Business Forum. The main event, the Council of Heads of the SCO member states, is scheduled for June 14-15.
President Sooronbay Jeenbekov stressed that 2019 will be held under the auspices of the SCO and that all planned activities within the framework of the Summit are an important event for Kyrgyzstan.
The head of state noted that special attention should be paid to strengthening the authority of the SCO in the international arena, strengthening cooperation in the fight against terrorism, extremism, illicit drug trafficking, deepening political, trade, economic, cultural, humanitarian and investment cooperation.
One more significant event was the recent meeting of Sooronbay Jeenbekov with Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Vladimir Norov. The president noted that over the 18 years of activity, the Organization has taken a worthy place among authoritative international organizations and has become an important factor in ensuring security and sustainable development of interstate relations.
“Before the summit of the heads of the SCO member states, which is held in June 2019 in Bishkek, we will hold all the relevant events, get ready to receive distinguished guests. Today, final documents are being worked out, which are planned to be signed at a meeting of the heads of the SCO member states. I am confident that by joint efforts we will be able to qualitatively fill the substantive part of the meeting and achieve great success for the sake of prosperity of the peoples of the SCO member states and will hold this event at a high level,” Sooronbay Jeenbekov said.
Vladimir Norov noted the symbolism of the fact that his first visit as Secretary General took place precisely to Kyrgyzstan, a country that is presiding over the SCO this year.
“Since taking office I have identified for myself as the main priority the holding of the SCO summit at the highest level, as well as related activities within its framework. We had fruitful meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of the Security Council of Kyrgyzstan, the head of the Youth Council and the Business Council of the SCO. At these meetings, we discussed in detail all the issues that need to be resolved before the summit. First of all, it is a package of documents that need to be prepared,” said Vladimir Norov.
The meeting of Jeenbekov and Norov was fruitful. They discussed many vital topics. In particular, the political issues, security, cultural and humanitarian relations and the possibility of enhancing the economic potential within the framework of the SCO were discussed.
Kyrgyzstan sets one of its priorities as fruitful participation in the SCO. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization for the Kyrgyz Republic is seen as a promising and reliable development platform on many interaction vectors.
Kyrgyz Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev also stressed this. “The participating countries have the necessary potential, and we are determined to successfully address the most pressing issues in all areas of cooperation,” he said.
Abylgaziev also stressed that the issues and problems that are raised at each meeting of the Organization are always relevant and require the adoption of effective decisions and measures to develop trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation between the SCO member states.
Kyrgyzstan has repeatedly proved its ability and capability to hold large forums at the highest level, whether political, sports, or cultural. Therefore, there is no doubt that this time all the planned activities will take place without any problems.
As for the interaction of Kyrgyzstan and the SCO, then there is confidence that this year will be the key and in many ways decisive for strengthening the country's role in this Organization. It is necessary not only to hold all official events at the highest level, but also to show in practice the entire existing potential of the republic for its further development.
There is confidence that the preparation for the main political event of this year will be held at an appropriate level, and most importantly the Summit itself will open up new opportunities for more fruitful interaction among the countries participating in this Organization.
Kabar News Agency