BEIJING, June 6 (Itar-Tass) —— The Council of the member-countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) opened its 12th session in the Chinese capital on Wednesday. The leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan met at the House of National Assemblies on the Tiananmen Square for a meeting in the narrow format.
Only the leaders of the SCO states attended an opening ceremony of the summit. The main events of the summit will be held on June 7 already with the observer countries, partners for dialogue and guests of the summit.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a regional international organization, which was established by the leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have the status of observers in the organization. Representatives of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan are participating in the SCO sessions as guests. Belarus and Sri Lanka were granted the status of partner for dialogue.
On May 11, 2012, the SCO foreign ministers decided at a meeting in Beijing to put up for consideration of the heads of the SCO states Turkey’s bid for the status of partner for dialogue and the status of observer to Afghanistan.