The XVI Session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Forum was held on May 25, 2020 in a video conference format in Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, under the chairmanship of the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI). The event was prepared and conducted by ISSI in collaboration with the National Coordinator for SCO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.
The meeting was opened with remarks by the Director General ISSI, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s National Coordinator at SCO, Ms. Ayesha Farooqui, and Secretary General of the SCO, Mr. Norov V.I.
DG ISSI, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said that this forum is meeting at a time of great human struggle just as the world grapples with the Covid 19 pandemic. He said that the need for greater inter-state cooperation is even more necessary keeping the ongoing challenges in view and that this meeting can help explore greater opportunities as well.