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Pakistan calls for full implementation of JCPOA at SCO

Islamabad, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by all parties terming it essential for international and regional stability.

He was addressing the 19th meeting of SCO Council of Heads of State in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Friday.

The primer said the evolving situation in the Persian Gulf and Middle East is a matter of concern. "We join the SCO members in urging the parties to exercise restraint, take steps to deescalate the situation, and find solutions through diplomatic means," he said.

He said enduring peace and prosperity in South Asia will remain elusive until the main dynamic in South Asia is shifted from confrontation to cooperation.

The Prime Minister said South Asia continues to be challenged by common enemies, including poverty, illiteracy, disease and underdevelopment.

Imran Khan said political differences and unresolved disputes further compound the predicament.

Imran Khan said it is important to seize the opportunities for peaceful resolution of outstanding disputes and collective endeavors for regional prosperity.

The prime minister said Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including Stateterrorism against people under illegal occupation.

He said we are among the few countries to have successfully turned the tide against terrorism.

Imran Khan said Pakistan remains ready to share its experience and expertise in counter terrorism. "We will also remain actively engaged in SCO's counterterrorism initiatives."

Referring to the Afghan issue, the prime minister said there is finally a realization that the conflict in Afghanistan has no military solution.

He said Pakistan is fully supporting efforts for peace and reconciliation through an Afghanled and Afghanowned process.

The Pakistani premier said we deem this to be part of a shared responsibility and, therefore, appreciate the positive contributions being made by China, Russia and Afghanistan's immediate neighbors. He said SCO's support for postconflict Afghanistan will remain crucial.

Imran Khan said the SCO member states need to synergize the various regionwide connectivity initiatives, and work on complementing infrastructure connectivity with soft connectivity and make SCO more relevant to the daily lives of citizens by promoting food security and enhancing cooperation in health and humanitarian sectors.

He said SCO should take the lead role in establishing a comprehensive framework for combating corruption and white collar crime; prioritize women and youth empowerment by focusing interalia on strengthening the Women Forum and the Youth Council and mandating them to promote gender mainstreaming, skills acquisition and jobs mobility; and bridge the gap between regionspecific research and policy by launching feasibilities for creating SCO Centers of Excellence on Poverty Alleviation, DeRadicalization, Connectivity, and New Technologies.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA


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