On 4 April, 2017, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov met with Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov in Astana.
The sides exchanged opinions on a wide range of issues related to the organisation's upcoming key event — the SCO Heads of State Council Meeting on 8-9 June in the Kazakh capital of Astana.
Another issue on the agenda was the SCO Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting on 20-21 April in Astana, when the ministers are expected to compare their positions.
The Secretary-General has arrived in Kazakhstan to attend a regular meeting of the SCO National Security Council Secretaries due on 5-6 April, 2017, during Kazakhstan's year as SCO president. The meeting is one in a series of events scheduled in the run-up to the SCO Summit in Astana in June 2017.