Iran’s Foreign Ministry welcomed the country’s full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), describing it “a major step” for promotion of Tehran’s Asia-oriented Foreign Policy.
“Warmly welcome the decision of the SCO to approve #Iran's full membership,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh wrote on his Twitter account on Friday reacting to the SCO’s decision to approve Iran’s permanent membership.
Earlier on Friday, heads of 12 member and observer states of the SCO approved Iran’s full membership during the 21st summit of the major regional alliance in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The two-day event will end later on Friday.
Iran has held an observer status since 2005 in the SCO, which was founded in 2001 by China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and later joined by India and Pakistan.
Khatibzadeh further said that Tehran’s full membership is “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.
In his address to the SCO summit, Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said the world today has entered a new era, when hegemony and unilateralism are declining.
"The international order is shifting toward multilateralism and redistribution of power in favor of independent states," Raeisi told the gathering.
The SCO and its governing spirit of mutual trust, common interests, equality, mutual consultation, respect for cultural diversity and common development are key tools for maintaining peace in the 21st century, Raeisi said, according to Press TV.
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.