ASTANA - The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Wednesday said its member states will focus on cooperation in trade and counter-terrorism, calling for an end to the Libyan crisis.
The SCO heads of state made the remarks in a declaration signed in the Kazakh capital of Astana on the organization's 10th anniversary.
"The decision to establish the SCO 10 years ago is a historic strategic choice that has stood tests," the declaration said.
"The SCO has become a widely recognized influential multilateral organization, which has positively boosted regional peace and stability and effectively coped with various current threats and challenges," it said.
The SCO member states, in the beginning of the 21st century, decided to deepen regional good-neighborly and friendly partnership, the declaration said, adding they have achieved tangible fruit in common development, and the bloc has been a model for succesful international cooperation.
The SCO members have abided by the SCO principles and regulations, and laid a sound foundation for the SCO mechanism's effective functioning in maintaining peace, security and stability and carrying out regional cooperation in political, economic, cultural and other fields, the declaration said.
The SCO groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Mongolia, Pakistan, Iran and India are observers. Sri Lanka and Belarus are dialogue partners.
Acknowledging the tremendous changes in global politics and economy, the SCO leaders agreed they share extensive common ground on regional and international issues and reiterated close coordination in this regard.
The leaders stressed international relations are undergoing profound changes and adjustment, and modern political, economic and financial situations are changing drastically.
The most pressing problems confronting all countries are to unite together, effectively cope with global security challenges, and ensure sustainable development, they added. (Xinhua)