0745 GMT January 24, 2022
In a letter addressed to Raeisi on Sunday, 160 Iranian MPs thanked the Raeisi administration for active diplomatic efforts in advancing Iran’s ‘Look East’ policy and in achieving permanent membership of the Shanghai Pact, Press TV reported.
In a notable diplomatic success, Iran became a full member of the SCO on September 17, after waiting for years as an observer to join the rapidly expanding Eurasian political, economic and security alliance, led by Russia and China.
The accession was announced during the 21st meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State in Tajikistan’s capital city of Dushanbe, with President Raeisi in attendance.
“In order to acquire at least 2.5 percent of Shanghai GDP, the MPs suggest that the esteemed administration make more endeavors regarding the construction of the Chabahar railway and making it operational, and also give a special mission to the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development to implement this vital project,” they added.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization formally accepted Iran as the new member of the Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance at its 21st summit in Dushanbe in September.
Currently, China, Russia, India, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are full members of the SCO. Afghanistan, Belarus, and Mongolia have observer status.
Addressing the summit in September, President Raeisi said the world today has entered a new era, when hegemony and unilateralism are declining.
"The international order is shifting towards multilateralism and redistribution of power in favor of independent states," he said.
Raeisi called hegemonic powers as well as terrorism, extremism and separatism as immediate threats to global peace and security, targeting many countries, especially members and partners of the SCO.
"Maintaining and strengthening peace in this vast area is not a choice but a necessity," the Iranian president said.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Raeisi said, 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.