Kazakh President was interviewed by Russia 24 TV channel on the eve of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Tashkent. The host of "Formula of Power" TV program Mikhail Gusman asked Nursultan Nazarbayev about prospects of the development of the organization that should soon be replenished with two new members - India and Pakistan. As the head of state said, after the inclusion of these two countries the SCO joint market will increase by more than one billion people. The President of Kazakhstan noted that our country will play a role of a transit hub in the Shanghai Organization. Cargo can be transported through Kazakhstan to Europe, China and the Gulf countries. And if Iran joins the SCO the organization’s capabilities will grow significantly.

 

Nursultan NAZARBAYEV, PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN:

 

India and Pakistan is 1.3 bln people. It turns out to be very interesting. And this is the answer to today’s challenges. If America and the Pacific have established a free trade zone there, if there is a transatlantic partnership, we would remain in the middle. Therefore, the third Economic Community appears here, the third association, a huge one and very important.

 

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