Jan 15, 2016, 9:26 PM
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Envoy urges SCO membership of post-sanctions Iran

Moscow, Jan 15, IRNA – Iran's ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei said on Friday that since Iran, as an observer member, has always helped the progress of Shanghai Cooperation Council (SCO), it is expected that with implementation of nuclear deal and lifting of sanctions, Iran be admitted a full SCO member state.

Addressing an economic conference in Moscow, Sanaei said that, having more than a third of the world population, significant area and economic capabilities, SCO is likely to grow into a strong coalition.

From the very beginning of establishment of SCO, Iran has always supported the organization's goals in boosting trust and friendship between member states and promoting cooperation aimed at protecting regional peace and security, Sanaei said.

With its observer membership in SCO in 2005, Iran signaled its eagerness to further cooperate with the organization, he added.

As the world's 18th biggest economy, the fourth largest oil producer, having the world's second largest gas reserves, the tenth world ranking in tourism industry, biggest industries in the Middle East and North Africa, the 4th world ranking for variety of agricultural products, and with a unique geographical status being placed in the middle of East and West, Iran can play a key role in SCO, the ambassador said.