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On 20 September 2017, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov met withUnder-Secretary-General ofthe UN Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov onthe sidelines ofthe general debate ofthe 72nd session ofthe UN General Assembly atthe UN Headquarters inNew York. The meeting was also attended bySCO Regional Antiterrorist Structure (RATS) Director Yevgeny Sysoyev.

Mr Voronkov noted the SCO's important role inpreserving peace, stability and security inthe region, SCO member states' achievements and initiatives incombating terrorism and extremism, and cooperation ofthe competent agencies inorganising a wide range ofjoint events inthe SCO RATS framework. He also spoke infavour ofexpanding cooperation betweenthe UN and regional organisations inthis area, and called the SCO one ofthe priority agencies forthe new office, taking intoaccount the organisation's geography.

Mr Alimov congratulated Mr Voronkov onhis "high appointment" and expressed his conviction that the Under-Secretary-General's personal contribution "to coordinating the work ofthe new office will be praised bythe UN member states."

The SCO Secretary-General spoke aboutthe results ofcooperation betweenthe SCO member states inantiterrorism, emphasising that "their efforts are aimed atimplementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and atthe need toimplement all its four pillars ina comprehensive and balanced way." Mr Alimov updated Mr Voronkov onthe results ofthe Astana summit, inparticular, the adoption ofthe Statement bythe SCO Heads ofState onJoint Counteraction toInternational Terrorism and the Convention onCountering Extremism. Mr Alimov noted that "the SCO and its RATS are open fordialogue and cooperation withspecialised organisations and counterterrorism structures," and stressed the importance ofestablishing close contact withthe UN Counter-Terrorism Office asa priority.

The UN Counter-Terrorism Office is a new UN body established byGeneral Assembly resolution 71/291 of15 June 2017, which has wide powers toimplement the UN General Assembly's antiterrorism mandates.

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