Iran to become full SCO member next year
The SCO is a transcontinental political, economic and security alliance.
A report by Chinese state daily Global Times, citing Iran’s embassy in Beijing, said that after signing its first memorandum of obligations at this year’s summit to be held in Samarkand in September, the Iran’s full membership of the organization covering Euroasia will be finalized by April 2023.
“Based on the decision of the Council of Foreign Ministers of SCO Member States during the SCO Summit in Samarkand (Uzbekistan) on September 15-16, 2022, it will be decided to instruct the Secretary General of the ‘Shanghai Cooperation Organization to sign a Memorandum of Obligations of the Islamic Republic of Iran to obtain SCO member state status,’ the embassy told the Chinese daily on Tuesday.
“The adoption by the Council of Heads of State of the SCO of the decision to grant the Islamic Republic of Iran the status of a member state of the SCO during the summit of the SCO (will be finalized) in 2023,” the statement added.
The Eurasian political, economic and security alliance was formed in 2001 by Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan at a summit held in Shanghai.
China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, India, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are currently full members. Iran, Afghanistan, Belarus and Mongolia are observer states.
The organization represents 40% of the world’s population and 28% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Earlier, Russian media Sputnik reported on Monday that Iran is set to join the SCO as a full member state this year, citing a statement from Uzbekistan’s foreign ministry, the organization’s rotating chairman. .
Iran first applied to join the alliance 15 years ago. The endorsement of Iran’s candidacy came at a summit in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe last September.
Addressing the summit after the announcement, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said the world had entered a new era where hegemony and unilateralism were on the wane.
“The international order is moving towards multilateralism and the redistribution of power in favor of independent states,” he said, adding that the SCO and its guiding spirit of mutual trust, common interests, equality , mutual consultation, respect for cultural diversity and common development were essential tools for maintaining peace in the twenty-first century.
Late last month, Tehran also formally applied to become a member of the BRICS group, which includes major powers such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.