On 19 December 2023, SCO Secretary-General Zhang Ming met with the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the People's Republic of China, Khalil Hashmi, at the SCO Secretariat.
The Secretary-General welcomed the Ambassador to the Secretariat, congratulated him on his appointment and confirmed the SCO Secretariat’s readiness to provide the necessary assistance to ensure Pakistan’s successful presidency of the SCO Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) Council next year. Zhang Ming noted Pakistan’s great contribution to promoting interaction within the SCO, including a proposal to create the SCO Special Expert Working Group on Poverty Reduction, initiated by Pakistan.
Khalil Hashmi expressed appreciation for the SCO’s activities and emphasised that Islamabad pays special attention to building up cooperation with SCO member states.
The parties also exchanged views on the SCO’s current priorities and discussed the possibilities of further promoting interaction between the Pakistani Embassy in Beijing and the SCO Secretariat.