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President Hu Jintao Holds Group Meeting with SCO Foreign Ministers

On the afternoon of May 11, 2012, President Hu Jintao held a group meeting with Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov, Kyrgyzstan Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbayev, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Tajikistan Foreign Minister Hamrohon Zarifi and Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, who are in China to attend the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Foreign Ministers Council.

Hu congratulated on the success of the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Foreign Ministers Council, saying the Beijing summit of the SCO, slated for June, is an important meeting in terms of inheriting past traditions and breaking new ground. He added that China, as the rotating president of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, will enhance communication with other member states and make its utmost efforts to prepare well for the summit and ensure its success.

He said after ten years of development, the SCO has grown into an important force in the region, adding that in face of the new situation and new tasks, all members should adhere to the "Shanghai Spirit", focus on security and practical cooperation and strive to bolster collaboration in multiple fields. "In this way, the SCO can become a reliable security defender and effective cooperation platform for all member states, help to safeguard their common interests and promote regional prosperity," he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, on behalf of the other foreign ministers, said the ministers have sufficiently prepared for the summit and reached a lot of important consensus during their meeting in Beijing, which reflects the common aspiration of all members to enhance pragmatic cooperation on security, trade and culture and push forward the organization's foreign exchanges in the new situation. The meeting's results will be submitted to relevant heads of state, Lavrov said. He believed the Beijing summit will achieve fruitful results and map out the direction for the organization's future development. The member countries thanked China for a great deal of effective preparatory work it has done for the Beijing summit and pledged to work together with China to push for the success of the summit.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and other officials attended the meeting.

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