Rashid Alimov: “The UN and SCO are bound by the unity of goals in maintaining peace, stability and security.” The SCO Secretary-General met with the UN Secretary-General on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Astana

SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met on the sidelines of the meeting of the Council of SCO Heads of State

On 9 June 2017, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met on the sidelines of the meeting of the Council of SCO Heads of State.

The talks focused on aspects to further intensify the interaction between the two organisations in progressive development, strengthening of peace, stability and security.

The UN Secretary-General noted the historic importance of the SCO Summit in Astana and highlighted the expansion of the SCO's influence in the region and in the world. He said that the UN intends to continue its active cooperation with the SCO on a wide range of practical cooperation matters.

The central topic of the SCO Summit was combating terrorism. The leaders of the member states made a statement on joint counteraction to international terrorism, and adopted the Convention on Countering Extremism.

"The issues of ensuring regional security and stability and combating international terrorism are of fundamental importance for the SCO. We are ready to continue the development of cooperation between the UN and the SCO in the joint fight against this terrible global evil," Rashid Alimov said.

He also expressed support for the UN Secretary-General's efforts to maintain peace, stability and sustainable development in the region and in the world. "We assure you of our comprehensive support for your initiatives and express our readiness for close cooperation and collaboration," the SCO Secretary-General added.

"We are ready to fully assist you, and also to give you our complete backing in the region. We believe that the UN's close cooperation with regional organisations not only strengthens those regional bodies, but also significantly strengthens the UN itself," Rashid Alimov said highlighting the practical importance of cooperation with the UN specialised agencies such as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, ESCAP, UNESCO and many others as well.

"The SCO views building up cooperation with the UN as one of its most important priorities. We will continue to follow this course," the SCO Secretary-General added.