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Council of SCO Foreign Ministers will discuss Ukraine, preparations for summit

July 31, 2014, 0:33 UTC+3 DUSHANBE
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DUSHANBE, July 31, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will take part in a session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, on Thursday, July 31.

“The session will become a key event in preparing a session of the Council of SCO Heads of State,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Lavrov said on Wednesday, July 20, that the SCO summit was scheduled for September.

“Results of the ministers’ work will be presented at the summit, which is called upon to give a serious impulse to the SCO consolidation,” Lavrov said.

He said the promulgation of common interests of all the SCO member-states had significance for consolidation, too.

The SCO foreign ministers will coordinate joint approaches towards further development of the organisation, the situation in the world and in the region.

The ministers will take a decision on the celebrations marking World War II 70th Anniversary.

In 2013 the SCO ministers were instructed to work out a joint strategy for developing the organisation till 2025. The basic document “has been prepared by Russia and is being studied by the partners”, the ministry said.

The ministers will discuss a wide range of regional and international issues, including the situation in Ukraine. “Special attention will be paid to the situation in Afghanistan due to the presidential elections and the withdrawal of NATO’s-led contingent from the country,” the ministry said.

The foreign ministers will also discuss the situation in the Middle East, the events in Syria and the Iran-P5+1 talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme.

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