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Iran's Top Security Official to Visit Moscow

Politics Materials 12 April 2015 22:35 (UTC +04:00)
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani is due to visit Moscow soon to participate in the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) national security council chiefs.
Iran's Top Security Official to Visit Moscow

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani is due to visit Moscow soon to participate in the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) national security council chiefs.

During the trip, Shamkhani will also hold bilateral meetings with a number of high-ranking Russian officials as well as his counterparts present in the conference.

The participants in the conference which starts on April 14 will discuss security issues regarding the latest developments in the region and the neighboring states.

The SCO is an intergovernmental organization which seeks to strengthen mutual trust and good-neighborliness between the member countries; facilitate their effective cooperation in political, trade-economic, scientific-technical and cultural areas as well as in education, energy, transport, tourism, environmental protection; joint maintenance of peace, security and stability in the region; towards the creation of a democratic, just and rational international political and economic order.

It was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Iran, along with four other countries, currently holds observer status in the organization.

A senior Russian official announced in March that his country was throwing its weight behind Iran's membership at the SCO.

"The SCO will benefit from the full membership of Iran," Russian Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Nabiyevich Kabulov said.

Kabulov also expressed the hope that during the upcoming SCO summit in his country serious political decisions would be made to start the admission process of Iran.

Russia says it will host the next summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the city of Ufa in July 2015.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in February that the criteria for adding new members to the SCO were approved during the 2014 summit in Tajikistan and that more applications for membership will be reviewed.

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