On 19 January 2018, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov sent a message of condolences and words of sympathy to Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov.
The Secretary-General's message reads:
His Excellency Foreign Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Dear Mr Kamilov,
It is with the deepest sorrow and grief that we have learned about the tragic accident, which took place in the Aktobe Region of Kazakhstan, causing a heavy loss of life among nationals of Uzbekistan.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is grieving with the people of Uzbekistan and expresses its most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. We also wish speedy recovery to the survivors.
With respect and deep sympathy,
SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov