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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, June 15

16 Jun 2021, 02:05 GMT+10

TASHKENT -- "The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was and is a collective response of the peoples of a vast region to the challenges of our time," said Kabuljon Sabirov, director of the Tashkent-based SCO's Public Diplomacy Center.

The SCO has been steadily moving towards strengthening friendship, good-neighborliness and trust among its member states since its founding 20 years ago, he added.

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NEW YORK -- About 54 people were killed by gunfire in the United States every day during the first five months of 2021, 14 more deaths than the average toll during the same period of the previous six years, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

"Gun violence -- like the coronavirus -- takes an unequal toll on communities of color. So as the pandemic took hold, it was one crisis on top of another," added the report.

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LONDON -- Britain has secured a free trade deal with Australia -- the first major trade agreement negotiated from scratch since the former left the European Union (EU), the British government announced Tuesday.

"The agreement paves the way for us to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 9 trillion pounds (12.67 trillion U.S. dollars) free trade area home to some of the biggest consumer markets of the present and future," said Liz Truss, the British secretary of state for international trade.

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BRUSSELS -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said here on Monday that he held a "fruitful and sincere" meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden.

"There are no outstanding problems between the United States and Turkey that cannot be solved. On the contrary, there are many areas where we could focus on prospective and fruitful cooperation," Erdogan told journalists at a news conference.

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