Curse of terrorism needs to be addressed, says FM Bilawal

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Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto has emphasized the importance of combating terrorism in all of its forms, including state terrorism.

On Tuesday, Bilawal expressed these opinions at the Council of Heads of Government (CHG) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which was hosted by China.

The CHG, the second-highest forum of the SCO, is where chiefs of state from member countries discuss and offer policy recommendations on new regional and international concerns in the framework of regional connectivity, economic integration, as well as sociocultural and humanitarian cooperation.

Bilawal in his remarks stressed the significance of long-term stability and security for the region’s economic growth.

He continued by highlighting the significance of long-term, effective involvement with Afghanistan to assist the Afghan people in overcoming the humanitarian and economic issues that plague their nation.

Increased commercial and trade ties among SCO members, according to the foreign minister, will increase regional connectivity and help realize the political and economic potential of intra-SCO cooperation.

He also emphasized that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the centrepiece project of the Belt and Road Initiative, added to the SCO’s goal of promoting shared prosperity through increased connectivity and integration.

Bilawal thanked the SCO nations for their support and compassion for Pakistan’s flood victims.

Additionally, Bilawal declared that the SCO Special Working Group on Poverty Alleviation’s inaugural meeting will take place in Islamabad in December of this year.

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