Iran officially became member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization
The official membership of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Shanghai Cooperation Organization was announced at the 22nd summit of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which is being hosted by Uzbekistan.
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Iran's membership documents in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization were signed by Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Also, before the departure of Iran's president to Samarkand, the bill for Iran's membership in this regional economic institution was submitted to the Iranian Parliament for legal procedures.
The 22nd summit of the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization started in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Friday morning, with the presence of the President of Iran, Ayatollah Raisi, and the chairmanship of the President of Uzbekistan, Shaukat Mirzayev.
The heads of states of China, Russia, India, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and Zhang Ming, the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and Ruslan Mirzayev, the head of the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, were present.
The summit of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is held every year with the focus on the strategy of multilateral cooperation and priority areas of development, dealing with important issues and strengthening the economic and political cooperation of the members.
Ayatollah Raisi, who has traveled to Samarkand at the official invitation of his Uzbek counterpart, started his three-day trip on Wednesday, 13 September, and on the first day of the trip, after bilateral meetings between Tehran and Tashkent, 17 cooperation documents were signed between the two countries.
On the first day, Iran's membership documents in the Shanghai Organization were signed by Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
On the second day of this trip, Ayatollah Raisi met and talked with the heads of the countries of Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and listed the development of neighborhood and regional relations as the fundamental policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Meeting with Iranian businessmen in Uzbekistan, attending prayers at the Samarkand mosque, planting memorial saplings were other plans of the president on the second day of the trip.