ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari will leave for Astana, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday to attend the 10th summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on June 15. President Zardari will address the summit, as the SCO leaders will take up issues regarding regional and global peace and security, and cooperation in economic development. The leaders will devise a joint strategy in tackling the challenges of terrorism, extremism, organised crime and narcotics. Pakistan has status of an observer in the SCO and President Zardari will seek his countrys full membership of the regional organisation. According to Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua, the SCO summit will celebrate its 10th anniversary. In a statement, she said: President Zardaris participation signals the importance Pakistan attaches to the SCO and our keen interest in the working of regional development agenda which includes building commerce and trade facilities, banking cooperation, energy transaction and corporate sector interactions. The SCO founded in 2001 in Shanghai comprises member states of China, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia have observer status, while Belarus and Sri lanka are ranked as dialogue partners. Mongolia received observer status in 2001 while Pakistan, India and Iran became observers in 2002 and Belarus and Sri Lanka were granted dialogue partner status in 2009. President Zardari is expected to hold bilateral meetings with leaders of the SCO on the sidelines of the summit. Pakistan, Iran and India have applied for the full membership of the regional grouping that has been discussed within the organisation. Afghanistans application for observer status is being studied and will also be discussed at the upcoming summit.