Nepal granted SCO dialogue partner status

SCO leaders during the 2015 summit in Ufa.

SCO leaders during the 2015 summit in Ufa.
Kathmandu to be part of SCO’s regional security initiatives.

A memorandum granting the official status of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) dialogue partner to Nepal was signed at the SCO Secretariat in Beijing on March 21, says a report published on the Uzbek Foreign Ministry website. Uzbekistan has been presiding in the SCO since July 2015.

"Shanghai Cooperation Organization Secretary General Rashid Alimov and Secretary of the Nepalese Foreign Ministry Shankar Das Bairagi signed the document," the report said.

A decision to grant SCO dialogue partner status to Nepal was made by the SCO Council of Heads of State in Ufa. The memorandum stipulates interaction between the SCO and Nepal in the promotion of regional security and stability, the fight against terrorism, extremism, separatism and drug trafficking, as well as in trade, investments, energy issues and other fields.

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