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Karzai to attend SCO summit in Astana

Karzai to attend SCO summit in Astana

Jun 11, 2011 - 18:31

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai would travel to Kazakhstanafter he returns from a two-day visit to neighbouring Pakistaninfo-icon, the foreign ministry in Kabul said on Saturday.

The objective of his visit is to improve bilateral trade relations and encourage Kazakhstan to invest in the sphere of agricultureinfo-icon and natural resource sector of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Janan Musazai told Pajhwok Afghan News Karzai would also participate in the upcoming Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

He will attend the event in Astana on June 15 as a special guest of the host country. SCO was founded in 2001 by the leaders of six countries -- Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstanand Tajikistan, as a forum to strengthen regional cooperation.

Later, four other countries -- India, Pakistan, Iran, and Mongolia -- were also included as observer states.As a guest, Karzai also participated in the last SCO summit in Tashkent.



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