Spox: Iran's membership in SCO important impetus for Asia-centered foreign policy

Tehran, IRNA - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Friday that Iran's full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is “a major step toward enhanced ties with neighbors & an important impetus for our Asia-centered foreign policy”.

“Warmly welcome the decision of the SCO to approve #Iran's full membership,” Khatibzadeh wrote on his Twitter account on Friday.

He added that it’s “a major step toward enhanced ties with neighbors & an important impetus for our Asia-centered foreign policy”.

“We'll continue our efforts to build on indigenous initiatives for the good of the region”, he noted.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been accepted as a permanent member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the 21st summit of the international body in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Friday.

The 21st summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) opened in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Friday, with the participation of heads of 12 member and observer states.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an effective regional and intra-state organization, which was established by leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan in 2001.


The 21st summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization comes to an end on September 17.

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