Security aspects in SCO countries discussed in Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan hosted the 14th annual meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Security Council Secretaries in its capital, Bishkek.

The meeting saw participants discussing the ways to enhance the security and stability in the SCO member countries.

SCO Secretary-General, Vladimir Norov said that the eight SCO member countries exchanged opinions on the situation in the SCO area as well as on the regional and global scales.

“The parties also discussed the ways to improve cooperation and response to the modern security threats faced by our countries,” he added.

The SCO Security Council Secretaries also paid particular attention to the world wide web. The meeting participants underlined the importance of enhancing cooperation to prevent the promotion of terrorist ideology on the Internet as well as on other information and communication technology platforms.

Kyrgyz Security Council Secretary, Damir Sagynbayev said that non-intervention in internal affairs of states under the pretext of countering terrorism and extremism is emphasized.

Moreover, he said the unacceptability of the use of terrorists, extremists and radical groups is also emphasized.

“The parties highlighted the need for a comprehensive implementation of the cooperation program for 2019-2021 of the SCO member states in order to fight against terrorism and separatism,” Sagynbayev added.

The meeting in Bishkek took place as part of the preparation for the Summit of Leaders of the SCO member states, which is scheduled for mid-June this year.

SCO member countries include India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.