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AKIPRESS.COM - The Qingdao meeting marked a milestone in the SCO's history as it was the organization's first summit after India and Pakistan joined China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as full members last year.
The SCO has grown into the largest regional organization for comprehensive cooperation in the world, in terms of both the area it covers and the population it represents. With 3.1 billion people, it now carries a bigger heft and plays a more important role on the world stage, Xinhua reported.
SCO leaders pledged to deepen their partnership for peace, cooperation, equality, openness, inclusiveness and mutual benefit, and work with the United Nations and other international and regional organizations to jointly promote lasting peace and common prosperity of the world.
They signed a series of agreements and other documents, including the landmark Qingdao Declaration and a five-year action plan for implementing the Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation of the SCO Member States, which have laid out a road map for future SCO cooperation and development.
In total of 17 documents were inked, including a document to endorse the Program of Cooperation between the SCO Member States in Opposing Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism for 2019-2021. The Member States reinstated their commitment to combating illegal drug trafficking based on the SCO Antidrug Strategy and the Program of Action to implement this strategy. An information report following the Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the SCO Member States was also passed.