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Former Kazakh Defense Minister Appointed SCO Secretary General

Astana, Jul 4 (Sputnik) Former Kazakh Defense Minister Nurlan Ermekbaev (2018-2021) was today appointed secretary general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Kazinform news agency reported.

Ermekbaev, did an outstanding work at the head of Kazakhstan’s military department, where he was characterized by his discipline and organization, and will be in the next position from 2025 to 2027, the communication specifies.

The SCO summit is being held on July 3 and 4 in Astana under the theme strengthening multilateral talks, aspiration for sustainable peace and development.

Founded in 2001, the SCO includes China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and has just admitted Belarus this Thursday as a member, formerly an observer country.

Afghanistan and Mongolia remain as observers in the SCO. The organization also has 14 dialogue partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Myanmar, Cambodia, Qatar, Egypt, Kuwait, Maldives, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

The group represents 25 percent of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and almost half of the world’s population.

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