12 July 2013, 09:19

Russia to bring up situation in Syria, Iranian nuclear program at SCO ministerial meeting in Bishkek

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

Russia plans to bring up the situation in Syria and the Iranian nuclear program at a session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) ministerial meeting scheduled to take place in Kyrgyzstan on July 12-13, in which Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will participate, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

 

The upcoming session will open the final phase of preparations for a SCO summit in Bishkek on September 13.

The ministers will discuss the summit's agenda and draft documents to be submitted for it.

One of the key documents to be adopted at the summit is the Bishkek Declaration, which should consolidate joint approaches toward the SCO's further development and coordinated assessments of the situation in Afghanistan, Syria, and the Middle East as well as of the Iranian nuclear program.

"Another document on which the ministers will be working is an action plan for 2013-2017 toward the implementation of the SCO Treaty on Long-Term Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation," the Foreign Ministry said.

After the SCO foreign ministers agree upon a new version of a model memorandum on obligations to be undertaken by a country bidding for SCO membership and the procedure for granting such a status, this document will also be submitted to the SCO heads of state for endorsement, it said.

"This would open up good prospects for launching the process of the organization's enlargement," it said.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

 

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