Russia says Iran’s joining SCO becoming more relevant
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 19
Iran's accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is becoming more relevant with the settlement of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program issue, RIA Novosti news agency quoted the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying Nov. 19.
Lavrov made the remarks speaking at the "government hour" in the State Duma, the lower house of Russia's Federal Assembly.
"With the settlement of the Iranian nuclear program, the issue [of Tehran's membership to the SCO] will also be very, very urgent," the Russian minister said.
Shanghai Cooperation Organization, simply known as the SCO, was founded in 2001. It includes six member states: Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Iran is one of the SCO observer states, the others being Afghanistan, India, Mongolia and Pakistan.
Belarus, Turkey and Sri Lanka are classed as dialogue partners in the SCO.
SCO's main goals include strengthening of trust and good neighborhood between the member states, promoting their effective cooperation in political, trade, economic, scientific, technical and cultural fields, as well as in the sphere of education, energy, transport, tourism, environmental protection and ensuring peace, security and stability in the region.