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Message of Congratulation from Chinese President Hu Jintao

2004/01/16

Mr. Secretary General Zhang Deguang,

On the occasion of the inception of the Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), I would like to extend my warm congratulations to you and, through you, to all Secretariat staff.

As the permanent administrative organ of the SCO, the Secretariat will play a key role in ensuring an effective operation, cooperation and external exchange of the SCO.

The inauguration of the Secretariat is a major event in the development of the SCO and marks a new phase of its building and growth.

As the host country of the Secretariat,Chinawill provide necessary facilities and assistance in the operation of the Secretariat.We stand ready to work in concert with other member states to take the SCO forward, and make it a bond of friendship and cooperation for all member states and an important force for peace, stability and development in the region and the world at large.

I wish the Secretariat every success and greater achievement.

Hu Jintao

President

of the People's Republic ofChina

Beijing,15 January 2004

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