Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s welcoming remarks to participants at the SCO Plus Forum, October 23, 2020
Ladies and gentlemen,
It makes me very happy to be greeting the high-ranking representatives of the leading political parties from countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the BRICS association and the Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as some other international organisations and interested states at the first SCO Plus inter-party forum.
Your forum is taking place amid the ongoing pandemic of the new coronavirus infection. This unprecedented challenge in modern history has aggravated global economic and political turbulence. The situation calls for adequate and well-coordinated steps. The protection of people’s lives and health and efforts to overcome the pandemic’s global consequences are coming to the fore. Collective efforts alone can make it possible to accomplish these tasks, on the basis of close cooperation and mutual trust.
This year, the international community is marking two interrelated anniversaries, the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and the establishment of the United Nations Organisation. The Great Victory made it possible to create a stable system of international relations that has guaranteed humankind’s peaceful development for decades. We are convinced that today, like never before, it is necessary to jointly maintain and strengthen the central coordinating role of the UN and its Security Council.
Such formats as the SCO, BRICS and the CIS, doubtless, facilitate wide-ranging international dialogue. They have asserted themselves as effective platforms for cooperation based on equality, respect and consideration for one another’s interests and mutual benefits. SCO activities, along with the work of other influential associations in Eurasia, including the Eurasian Economic Union and ASEAN, help lay the foundation for the implementation of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s initiative to establish a Greater Eurasian Partnership, a broad integration framework aiming to create a region of peace and prosperity that would be open for all countries of our common continent.
The initiative of convening the representative SCO Plus Forum devoted to the topical theme Economy for the People is a timely and appropriate move. It will make it possible to analyse the diverse experience of practical cooperation, including the creation of a substantial contractual-legal framework in the interests of expanding broad and mutually beneficial cooperation between all our countries.
I wish you all every success with your work.