The SCO Secretary General gave an interview to the people's daily on the occasion of the International day of friendship« Back
On the occasion of the International day of friendship – the holiday of all peoples of the Shanghai cooperation organization, SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov gave an interview to the people's daily on July 30.
According to him, the holiday is relevant for the SCO "family" countries, as it is aimed at strengthening friendly relations between individuals, peoples, countries, continents, and various communities, allowing people from all over the world to unite against social and other problems and treat each other with tolerance.
Of great importance is the focus of the SCO member States on increasing joint efforts to prevent common challenges and threats, as well as preserving the diversity of forms of economic, social and cultural development.
Norov stressed the importance of constant dialogue and understanding of the processes taking place in various States, ensuring internal inter-ethnic and inter-religious peace, and strengthening the centuries-old traditions of harmonious coexistence of various nationalities and religions.
Separately, he noted the need to involve the younger generation in strengthening friendship between peoples. The SCO sees in the younger generation a huge intellectual potential, capable of mastering modern knowledge, science and technology, art and literature, possessing a high legal culture and firm immunity against extremism and fanaticism, striving for peace and development.
Norov assessed the cooperation of the SCO member States during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting the timely and meaningful response of the leadership of the SCO "family" countries to this challenge, as well as the measures taken by States to combat the disease.
He pointed out the importance of overcoming political confrontation and protectionism, countering attempts to divide humanity by politicizing the problem of the coronavirus pandemic in favor of strengthening global solidarity and international cooperation.