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On June 10, the Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed the summit participants and handed over the presidency of Shanghai Cooperation Organization to Kyrgyzstan for the period till 2019. He also stressed that China will assist Kyrgyzstan in preparing for the summit and expressed the hope that the next SCO summit will also be fruitful.

President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov took part in the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, held in Qingdao, China.

Speaking at the meeting, the heads of state and prime ministers congratulated China on its successful chairmanship and assured Kyrgyzstan their support.

Besides the Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussein, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, as well as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the meeting. In addition, the leaders of Afghanistan, Belarus, Mongolia and Iran took part as observer countries.

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