Shanghai Cooperation Organization seen as important dialogue platform for Belarus

Sergei Aleinik. A stock photo

MINSK, Sept. 12 (BelTA) — The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an important dialogue platform for Belarus with its traditional friends and key partners, Belarusian First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs told BelTA. foreign affairs, Sergei Aleinik, in the run-up to the SCO summit. which is to take place in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on September 15 and 16.

“Belarus has a strategic nature of relations with Russia and China. Along with Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, it is part of the EEU and participates in China’s “Belt and Road” initiative. Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are our main trade and economic partners in the CIS. Relations with India and Pakistan are also dynamic,” the First Deputy Foreign Minister said.

“Belarus has been a member of the SCO since 2010, first as a dialogue partner and as an observer since 2015. Our country is consistently present in the political and diplomatic, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian dimensions, and promotes its initiatives. The famous 17th century French writer, philosopher and moralist Jean de La Bruyère once said: “No path is too long for the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; and no honor is too far off for him who patiently prepares for it. During this time, we have accumulated enough experience in the organization, ”said Sergei Aleinik.

According to his words, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been regularly attending meetings of the SCO Council of Heads of State since 2016 and has proposed initiatives that have found support among member states. At different times, Belarus has made specific proposals to ensure food security within the SCO, to set up the Agro-SCO specialized exhibition at the Belagro International Agricultural Forum, to strengthen nuclear security and the peaceful use of the atom. Our initiatives to match the development strategies of the countries of the organization, to develop cooperation in the fields of health, transport, renewable energies, the use of national currencies in trade and finance, and to fight against cyber threats received wide coverage.

The First Deputy Foreign Minister said that Belarus is interested in the development of the common transport space of the SCO, international road transport, the coordinated development of road and rail transport, which will promote participation in transport multimodal, the formation of a favorable group transport infrastructure network and the realization of transit potential. Since November 11, 2018, Belarus has been a party to the agreement between the governments of the SCO member states aimed at creating favorable conditions for international road transport.

“With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Secretariat was one of the first to disseminate information on vaccines produced, which allowed us to quickly navigate this difficult environment. The Chinese Committee for Good Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation of the SCO has donated several thousand PCR tests and the necessary reagents to Belarus,” said Sergei Aleinik.