SCO leaders to set bloc's future direction at summit: Kazakh minister
Leaders of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states will chart the direction of the bloc's future development at their upcoming summit, a senior Kazakh official said.
"The summit will review current regional and global situations, set directions for the organization's future development and its relations with observer countries and other international organizations," Zhanar Aitzhanova, Kazakh minister for economic development and trade, told Xinhua in an interview ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to Kazakhstan.
At the invitation of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, Hu will pay a state visit to Uzbekistan and attend the annual SCO summit in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent from June 9 to 11. As a guest of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, he will also visit Kazakhstan from June 11 to 12.
Aitzhanova said the SCO leaders are also expected to tackle urgent challenges including the global financial crisis and security safeguards, and pass resolutions on those issues during the summit.
It is a pressing task for SCO member states to enhance capacities to address threats and risks of the crisis, she said, adding that "close cooperation is significant to mitigate the impacts of the crisis to the minimum level."