China defends Pakistan on terrorism ahead of SCO Summit

Pakistan PM Sharif to attend historical SCO Summit in Astana

Pakistan PM Sharif to attend historical SCO Summit in Astana

He was talking to the media before the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) annual meet on June 8 where India and Pakistan will be admitted to the six-member grouping.

In response to a question regarding accusations that the Haqqani network, allegedly backed by the Pakistani intelligence, was behind the recent Kabul blasts that killed scores, China's Assistant Foreign Minister Li Huilai said that Beijing opposed "all forms of terrorism".

"To tackle present threats posed by terrorism is not something one country or one party can successfully do", he added when asked about Pakistan's role.

"We sincerely hope that after their admission, Pakistan and India will act in strict accordance with the SCO Charter and the Treaty on Long-term Good-neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation, work for the shared goal, conduct friendly cooperation, uphold the Shanghai spirit, improve their relations and add fresh impetus to the development of the SCO", she concluded.

During its 2015 summit in Ufa, Russia, the SCO formally adopted a resolution which started the procedures to admit India and Pakistan into the grouping.

The SCO is an intergovernmental worldwide organization, established in June 2001 in Shanghai by Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Russia and Uzbekistan.

Li said China welcomed India's addition to the grouping which would make it more representative with it now representing more than half the world's population.

"China and India are each other's important neighbouring countries and both are developing rapidly".

This year's SCO meeting would also explore the possibility of Iran joining the group, a move that China would welcome, Li said. The meeting, if it happens, would be crucial in the backdrop of next Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) Plenary in Switzerland from June 19 and the recently held One Belt, One Road (OBOR) summit in Beijing.

"China is willing to work with the Indian side", Li said, "to constantly deepen political mutual trust expand win-win cooperation and contribute to regional and world peace stability and development".

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