Iran Vows to Adopt Active Diplomacy in Interaction with SCO States
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry in a statement lauded the Shanghai Cooperation Organization states for endorsing Tehran’s official membership, and vowed to adopt an active diplomacy to increase interactions and relations with other SCO members.
“As a result of the continued follow ups of the foreign ministry for the permanent membership of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, these measures have doubled since the beginning of the 13th government and finally concurrently with the participation of (President) Mr. (Seyed Ebrahim) Rayeesi in the 21st Shanghai Summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, all six main member states of SCO unanimously agreed to the demand for our country's permanent membership in the organization, and the legal, technical and administrative stages of membership began,” the statement said on Friday night.
“The foreign ministry, while expressing its satisfaction with this positive achievement for the country, is committed to using all its specialized capacities to make the necessary coordination with other relevant bodies and the Shanghai Secretariat to complete the legal and administrative membership process as soon as possible,” it added.
“Acceptance of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s demand to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an important step and will play a positive role in developing cooperation and relations of our country with the SCO members in all bilateral, regional and international dimensions."
“The foreign ministry expresses its gratitude to all members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization for agreeing to the membership of the Islamic Republic of Iran and will use active diplomacy to strengthen relations with the diplomatic missions of the member countries within the framework of the SCO,” the statement concluded.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization officially admitted Iran as a new member of the Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance at its 21st summit in Dushanbe on Friday.
"Perfectly pleased to announce that the permanent membership document of the Islamic Republic of Iran was approved by the leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Dushanbe in the presence of our esteemed President," Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian tweeted on Friday.
"This strategic membership has an important impact on the process of comprehensive cooperation between Iran in line with the policy of neighborhood with and pivot to Asia," he added.
The 21st edition of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) kicked off in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan on Friday.
The SCO consists of nine permanent member states, including Iran, India, Kazakhstan, China, Kirgizstan, Pakistan, Russia and Uzbekistan. Three states of Afghanistan, Belarus, and Mongolia are still observer members and six countries of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey, and Sri Lanka are dialogue partners.
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.