BEIJING: China on Tuesday said it welcomes Pakistan’s desire to become full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). “China warmly welcomes this and we will work with other countries to actively promote such request”, said Vice-Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said while replying to a question at a press conference here. Minister Cheng said China will continue holding discussion on the formal documents accepting new members. He said because they have to go through some procedures therefore, they are still working on this document. To become a full member state of the SCO is required consensus of all the existing member states, he said adding therefore, in terms of expanding the membership of the SCO it will still take some time. The 13th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is slated for September 13 in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2013.