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SCO Chief In Tajikistan Ahead Of Summit

The secretary-general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has arrived in Tajikistan ahead of a meeting of the organization.

Dmitry Mezentsev of Russia held talks with Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Aslov in Dushanbe on July 29.

The sides discussed issues related to joint efforts against terrorism, separatism, and illegal drug trafficking.

Mezentsev and Aslov are scheduled to attend an SCO foreign ministers meeting in Dushanbe on July 30.

The SCO groups China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

On July 31, the ministers are to hold talks with the Tajik President Emomali Rahmon. They will also discuss the agenda of the SCO summit to be held in Dushanbe in September.

During their vists, the Russian and Chinese Foreign Ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Wang Yi, will meet separately top Tajik officials.

Based on reporting by and Interfax