The ceremony took place at the southern entrance of the Samarkand Congress Centre. The heads of delegations were assisted by servicemen of the guard of honour of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Also taking part in the ceremony were President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov, Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev as heads of delegations from SCO member states, as well as President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Iran Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi and President of Mongolia Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh as heads of delegations from SCO observer states.
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and President of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan participated in the event as guests of the presiding side.
Concluding the first day of the summit, the heads of state visited the Eternal City cultural and ethnographic complex at the Silk Road tourist centre.