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SCO could be a 'great vehicle' to improve India-Pak ties

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

The Cooperation Organisation (SCO) could serve as a "great vehicle" to improve ties between and as the grouping provides a better platform and opportunities for building their bilateral relations, Chinese has said.

The remarks by Wang, who has been appointed as the of the India-boundary talks, came as the concluded at yesterday, the first summit after the admission of and into the eight-member grouping last year.

"We know there are existing and historical, unresolved issues and conflicts between and But I think after their joining of the SCO, maybe we can say that their relationship might be better as the grouping provides a better platform and opportunities for building the relations between them," Wang said in an interview to state-run CGTN.

Because when joining the SCO, a series of agreements had to be signed and pledges had to be made. One of the key pillars (of joining the SCO) is to keep good and friendly relations and they should not see each other as opponents, much less enemies," said Wang, who was recently promoted as the State Councillor, a top diplomatic posting in

"Because they have signed these agreements, they shoulder a responsibility for implementing them. I feel that the SCO serves as a great vehicle for bettering the two nations' relations," he said, the first detailed comments on the entry of India, Pakistan into the grouping in which plays an influential role.

As a result, it will better safeguard the peace and stability of the region. We see although their relations have seen their ups and downs, if we look at the bigger picture, they are progressing nevertheless, Wang said.

At the end of the SCO summit, and Pakistani exchanged pleasantries after a press conference by the leaders of the grouping.

Pakistan delegation had a low key presence at the meeting as country is poised for on July 25.

In his interview, Wang said will be a top priority for SCO as all its member countries shared borders with it.

The consultation mechanism of the SCO on the level of vice foreign ministers toward resolving Afghanistan's issues has been rebooted, and certain related agreements have been signed, Wang said.

Recently, a vice foreign ministers' conference was held in Beijing, and all parties reached a consensus.

It is commonly agreed that only through joint efforts can we ensure the continued progress of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan," he said.

of recently announced a ceasefire, and the responded with a temporary ceasefire.

We're happy to see the coming agreement and positive outcomes from both sides. It shows the hopes and opportunities for all the parties, even though the conflicts and divisions cannot be solved all at once," Wang said.

The SCO was founded at a summit in in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and India and Pakistan became its members last year.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 17:25 IST
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