Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang’s Regular Press Conference on May 16, 2018
The 13th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) National Security Council Secretaries will be held in Beijing on May 21 and 22. At the invitation of State Councilor Zhao Kezhi, Indian Deputy National Security Adviser Rajinder Khanna, Presidential Aide and Secretary of National Security Council of Kazakhstan Nurlan Ermekbaev, Secretary of the National Security Council of Kyrgyzstan Damir Sagynbayev, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security Nasser Khan Janjua, Secretary of the National Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the National Security Council of Tajikistan Abdurahim Kahorov, Secretary of the National Security Council of Uzbekistan Makhmudov Victor Vladimirovich, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov, and Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure Yevgeniy Sysoyev will attend the meeting. The participants will exchange views on the regional security situation and security cooperation priorities of the SCO.
Q: What is the main purpose of holding the 13th meeting of the SCO National Security Council Secretaries at this moment?
A: This will be the 1st SCO National Security Council Secretaries’ meeting after the SCO enlargement. Its primary task is to prepare for the meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council or the Qingdao Summit for short next month, on the political and security fronts. The Chinese leader will have a group meeting with the heads of all the delegations. At the 13th meeting of the SCO National Security Council Secretaries which will be chaired by State Councilor Zhao Kezhi, all participating parties will thoroughly exchange views on the regional security situation, cooperation on combatting the “three forces” of terrorism, separatism and extremism, drugs trafficking and cross-border organized crimes, and international information security. We believe that under the concerted efforts of all parties, this meeting will help build consensus on the security cooperation among the SCO members and inject new vitality into the SCO security cooperation.