SCO Summit 2017: Leaders should leave 'legacy of peace' not 'toxic harvest' of animosity, says Nawaz Sharif

Astana: Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday congratulated India on becoming a member of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) along with Pakistan and said that leaders should leave a "legacy of peace and amity" for future generations and not a "toxic harvest" of conflict and animosity.

In his address at the annual summit of the SCO in the capital of Kazakhstan, Sharif welcomed a proposal made by Chinese president Xi Jinping on a five-year treaty for good neighbourliness among SCO members.

File image of Nawaz Sharif. Reuters

File image of Nawaz Sharif. Reuters

He thanked the founding members including China, Russia and others for their staunch support to Pakistan and enabling the country's accession into the grouping.

"The SCO goals resonate with Pakistan's national ethos, and so do the core values of the Shanghai spirit and the SCO charter with our own quest for a peaceful neighbourhood," Sharif said.

"As leaders, we should leave a legacy of peace and amity for our future generations, not a toxic harvest of conflict and animosity. Instead of talking about counter-weights and containment, let us create shared spaces for all," Sharif said in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He then congratulated India, which also became a full member of the SCO, Pakistan's official news agency reported.

He also said that in the coming decades, the SCO, which has emerged as a 'sheet anchor' for regional stability would serve as a strong link between Asia Pacific, East Asia, West Asia and the Atlantic region.

"It is destined to become a cornerstone of global politics and economics, with economics gaining primacy," Sharif said.

"The SCO gives us a powerful platform for partnerships to promote peace, build trust and spur economic development for shared prosperity," he said.

"Moreover, it helps us all combat terrorism, reduce arms race, eliminate poverty... deal with natural disasters, tackle climate change and assure water security," he added.

Sharif said that the expansion of the SCO has taken place at an 'opportune time' as China's 'One Belt One Road' (OBOR) initiative has transformed the global economic landscape.

"In Pakistan, we are diligently implementing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is a flagship of the OBOR," he said. "What is more, these megaprojects will benefit the entire SCO community."

Pakistan, which has been an observer at the SCO since 2005, applied for a permanent membership in 2010. The decision to grant Pakistan membership was made by the SCO heads of states in a meeting held in Ufa, Russia, in 2015.

Founded in 2001, the SCO till now was comprised of six member states, mainly focusing on military co-operation between the members which involves intelligence sharing and counter-terrorism operations in Central Asia.


Published Date: Jun 09, 2017 09:49 pm | Updated Date: Jun 09, 2017 09:49 pm

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