0220 GMT November 29, 2021
Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber will deliver a speech at the 20th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Thursday.
He is expected to elaborate on Iran’s stances on the economic, cultural, and security issues in his address to the meeting, which will be hosted by Kazakhstan, IRNA reported.
The SCO was founded in Shanghai in 2001 by the leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia and China. It evolved from an earlier regional security grouping formed in 1996 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the Central Asian states gained independence from Moscow. Later, countries such as India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia joined the SCO as observers.
The SCO leaders approved Iran’s permanent membership document concurrent with a visit by Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi to Tajikistan for taking part in the 21st summit of the organization.