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Liveblog: Eurasian Leaders Gather for SCO Summit in Bishkek

Border security following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and a response to the ongoing crisis in Syria are high on the agenda for the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Bishkek today. The SCO summit brings together Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping along with the leaders of Iran, Afghanistan, and most Central Asian states.


Iranian President Hassan Rohani (left) is welcomed at Bishkek's Manas Airport by Kyrgyz Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiev on September 12.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani (left) is welcomed at Bishkek's Manas Airport by Kyrgyz Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiev on September 12.

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21:45 13.9.2013
19:52 13.9.2013
More important tie news: Putin and Atambayev wear identical red ties. Putin was also the only leader that Atambayev greeted with an embrace. Coincidence?
19:43 13.9.2013
The SCO summit may be over, but the SCO Youth Council marches on for one day more in Bishkek. Perhaps not surprisingly, the participants have expressed support for the Russian initiative in Syria.
19:31 13.9.2013
Bishkek already suffering from SCO fatigue.

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