Iranian, Russian FMs meet in Uzbekistan
Tehran, Iran, June 24
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov met in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to talk about bilateral and regional concerns.
One of the topics they discussed was the Syrian issue, according to Ebrahim Rahimpour, deputy foreign minister of Iran for Asia-Pacific affairs, IRNA news agency reported June 24.
Zarif is also slated to meet Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani while in Uzbekistan.
Officials from Iran, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan are in Tashkent to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.
Iran is looking forward to becoming a permanent member of the SCO.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Iran will turn into a permanent member of SCO in the near future, stressing that there is no reason why Iran should not.
Also, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev said it is necessary for the development of the organization that Iran joins as a permanent member.
The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic, and military organization which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.