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Iran Joins Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Iran has signed a memorandum of obligations to be a permenant part of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which was held in Uzbekistan in September 15-16, 2022.

At the 22nd summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which was held in Samarkand, the full membership of Iran in the Shanghai Organization was officially announced by Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the president of Uzbekistan.

The SCO, which is growing fast, confirmed Iran’s request to join only last year. 

Prior to the departure of Iran’s president Ebrahim Raisi to Uzbakistan, the bill for Iran's membership in this regional economic institution was submitted to Iran’s Islamic Council to carry out its legal procedures.

According to the Iranian foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, Iran has taken a significant step towards developing its economic, trade, energy and transport cooperation with SCO member countries.

Iran's president met and negotiated on develiping regional relations with the heads of countries of Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan as well as with Zhang Ming, the Secretary General of SCO. 

In this regard, President Putin said relations between Russia and Iran, the two countries sanctioned by the U.S., are growing in a positive way and entirely supported Iran’s attachment to SCO. According to Al Jazeera’s Resul Serdar, expectedly Iran’s full membership will come into effect from April 2023.

In September’s SCO summit, heads of states from China, Russia, India, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan met and discussed ways to expand economic and regional relations.

The SCO summit is held every year, focusing on multilateral cooperation and major areas of development as well as strengthening economic cooperation between the member countries.

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By Samira Ha. on September 19, 2022

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