Joint news conference by SCO Secretary-General and Secretary of the Security Council of Kazakhstan
Joint news conference by SCO Secretary-General and Secretary of the Security Council of Kazakhstan

On 6 April 2017, Astana hosted a joint press briefing with Presidential Aide and Secretary of the Security Council of Kazakhstan Vladimir Zhumakanov and SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov, dedicated to the results of the 12th Meeting of SCO National Security Council Secretaries.

During the briefing, Mr Zhumakanov informed the media about the main results of the 12th Meeting of SCO National Security Council Secretaries.

"We have agreed to step up cooperation in countering terrorism, separatism, extremism, transnational organised crime, illegal migration, and illegal trafficking of weapons, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. The participants in the meeting signed a protocol stating common approaches to current international and regional problems and set goals to be reached in the future. In the context of preparations for the upcoming meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State, it was recognised to be of utmost importance to coordinate as soon as possible the SCO Statement on Joint Counteraction to International Terrorism, SCO Convention on Countering Extremism, and SCO Antidrug Strategy for 2017-2021," Vladimir Zhumakanov said.

The SCO Secretary-General, for his part, noted a number of distinguishing features of the just ended meeting. "The meeting is the first important event ahead of the upcoming SCO Summit due to take place in the capital of Kazakhstan between 8-9 June this year. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's space is still characterised by a high level of security due primarily to well-coordinated and active work on the part of the member states. The SCO successfully opposes external threats and prevents them from penetrating into the organisations's zone of responsibility," he said.

The Secretary-General also commended Kazakhstan's efficient work as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

He extended his warm appreciation to the leadership of the Republic of Kazakhstan and personally to Vladimir Zhumakanov for the high organisational level, traditional hospitality and perfect working environment.