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SCO summit in China's Qingdao city in June

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today announced that this year's summit of the (SCO) will be held in the city of in June.

The is comprised of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and

China, which is of the organisation, plays an influential role in it. The focuses on security- related issues of the region specially on counter terrorism cooperation.

and were admitted as full members of the organisation at the summit in last year.

"As the of the SCO, will hold the summit in in June," Chinese said here.

Geng said is in close coordination with all SCO members to make arrangements.

"We will work with relevant partners to ensure the success of the summit and to inject new impetus to the SCO," he said.

Asked whether has confirmed his participation in the summit, he said "I have just given feedback that the will be held in June. As for the attendance of relevant countries of course we welcome the heads of state and leaders of all the members to participate in the summit".

"We are in close contact with the relevant parties on relevant arrangements to ensure the success of the summit and to inject new vitality to the development of SCO," he said.

He however declined to confirm the exact date saying the summit will be held in June. Russian to China had earlier said the would be held on June 9.

China has been holding summit-level meetings of international organisations in different cities giving them special prominence. Last year it held the BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) summit in Xiamen city.

Qingdao, a port city is a famous tourist spot. It forms part of province which is the birthplace of many ancient Chinese thinkers, including Confucius.

This year for the first time took part in the meeting of the cooperation departments of SCO members held here last month.

An Indian delegation led by participated in the meeting, which discussed issues of practical cooperation among the SCO member nations.

Officials say both India andChinalook tothe SCOas a major platform for improving bilateral ties bogged down by a host of differences, including the 73-day military standoff at Dokalam last year.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 15:15 IST