On 4 April, 2017, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov met with Minister of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, in Astana.
The sides discussed at length preparations for the upcoming meeting of the Council of Ministers of Culture of the SCO Member States, to be held in Astana on 1-2 June, 2017.
Mr Alimov and Mr Mukhamediuly exchanged views on ways to promote cultural cooperation under the agreement between the governments of the SCO Member States on Cooperation in the Area of Culture. They also discussed the current state of and prospects for developing cultural ties.
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.