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SCO Heads Meet In Tashkent

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) with Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyayev in Tashkent on November 29
TASHKENT -- The heads of governments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have gathered in the Uzbek capital to discuss energy and other areas of mutual cooperation.

The prime ministers from SCO member states Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are attending the talks in Tashkent.

At the meeting, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reiterated the need for an "energy club," saying it could help develop cooperation on energy security and new projects among SCO member states.

Medvedev also called on SCO members to “double their efforts” to help Afghanistan revive its economy and social sector as international combat forces are preparing to leave the country by the end of next year.

The SCO prime ministers were expected to be joined by officials from observer states, including Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia, and Pakistan.

Based on reporting by Interfax, ITAR-TASS, and RFE/RL's Uzbek Service