SCO Secretary-General meets with senior CIS, CSTO officials

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On 23 April 2019, Moscow hosted a traditional meeting between senior officials from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation.

SCO Secretary-General Vladimir Norov, CIS Executive Secretary and Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Sergei Lebedev and Acting Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation Valery Semerikov took part in the meeting.

The SCO Secretary-General thanked Sergei Lebedev for organising the trilateral meeting and underscored the importance of expanding ties and maintaining regular contacts between the heads of the three organisations.

Those taking part in the trilateral meeting conducted a detailed exchange of views regarding security, efforts to counter traditional and new challenges and threats, trade and economic cooperation, as well as cultural and humanitarian cooperation.

"Terrorist groups tend to merge with transnational organised crime associations. New methods for financing the activities of terrorist and extremist organisations, including through illegal drug trafficking, continue to emerge," the SCO Secretary-General noted. In this context, he underscored the need for jointly elaborating the international community's collective and effective approaches to counter regional and global challenges.

While discussing the points on the agenda, the participants put forward several important and interesting initiatives, including those regarding the organisation of joint SCO, CIS and CSTO events, with the possible involvement of other international regional organisations. They agreed to study them with the

assistance of experts from the three organisations' executive-administrative agencies.

The trilateral meeting took place in a friendly and constructive manner.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation are partner organisations since April 2005 and October 2007, respectively. They expand mutual cooperation under memorandums of understanding.