Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has signed a memorandum of commitment to gain full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) before the SCO summit in Uzbekistan.
Iran’s full membership has termed this significant event as an “important development” in the context of regional groping.
The SCO is the largest regional security and economic was initially formed by Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan in 2001.
Previously, Iran has already acquired the status of an observer state in the SCO in 2005. In recognition of its active participation during the last 15 years in the SCO as an observer, the organization has approved permanent membership status for Iran in 2021.
Following the legal and technical formalities, Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi visited Uzbekistan on Wednesday. It is noteworthy to mention that Raisi has become the first Iranian president to visit Uzbekistan in the last 20 years.
Upon his departure to Uzbekistan, Raisi set out the motive of this historic visit as “reinforcement of the policy of good-neighborliness, convergence, solidarity, and promotion of multilateralism.”
The Iranian president has further intended to seek the benefit of the SCO membership from ”the infrastructure that exists in Asia and the neighboring countries” as he described.
Earlier, Iranian has already submitted the draft outline of Iran’s permanent seat at the SCO for parliamentary approval.
The two-day summit will be held Thursday and Friday and brings together regional leaders, including Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.