Thu, 17 Oct 2019

BISHKEK -- The leaders of Russia, China, and former Soviet republics in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have gathered at the official presidential residence in Bishkek for the start of a summit of the Eurasian political, economic, and security grouping.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who arrived in the Kyrgyz capital on June 13 ahead of the summit, was greeted by Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov upon his arrival at the Ala Archa State Residence on June 14 and immediately went into the hall where the summit is being held being closed doors.

Other participants in the meeting include the leaders of SCO members Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan, as well as SCO observer states Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia.

Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov has said the summit would focus on expanding cooperation within the SCO on security, fighting terrorism and drug trafficking, economic development, industry, and humanitarian cooperation.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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