Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at inter-ministerial consultations on the SCO’s international activities, Moscow, July 12, 2018
I am happy to be taking part in this meeting and to welcome you to Moscow. Speaking on behalf of the Russian Federation and the Foreign Ministry, I would like to once again express our gratitude for supporting Russia’s proposal to hold a special meeting to discuss the SCO’s international activities. I consider this issue topical and our meeting today timely.
Given the complicated, multi-directional and contradictory processes in global politics and the economy, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is gaining traction as a dynamically growing international organisation that is playing an increasingly important role in international affairs. The consistent strengthening of this trend is facilitated by the new opportunities and prospects created by the admission of India and Pakistan to the organisation. Our task now is to reinforce the SCO’s strategic role in supporting the objective process of the development of a polycentric world based on equal and indivisible security, mutual respect for each other and each other’s interests, as well as commitment to the goals and principles of the UN Charter and international law.
This is the spirit of our position on a wide range of international and regional security issues, which our leaders coordinated in Qingdao, China in June this year.
I am sure that our meeting today will add momentum to the implementation of the agreements reached by our heads of state, as well as to our joint foreign policy activities aimed at increasing the weight and enhancing the prestige of the SCO on the international stage.