Iran has signed a memorandum to join the Asian security body founded by Russia and China

Iran has signed a memorandum to join the Asian security body founded by Russia and China
Iran has signed a memorandum to join the Asian security body founded by Russia and China

Iran signs memorandum of obligations to become permanent member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). This was stated by the Iranian foreign minister on Thursday, quoted by the Reuters agency. Tehran is seeking to overcome economic isolation amid US sanctions.

With the signing of the document for full membership in the SCO, Iran has now entered a new stage of diverse economic, trade, transit and energy cooperation,” wrote Hossein Amirabdolakhian on his Instagram page.

Last year, the fast-growing A Central Asian security body co-founded by China and Russia has approved Iran’s request to joinwhile Tehran’s hardliners urged members to help it create a mechanism to stave off sanctions imposed by the West over its disputed nuclear program.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on Thursday to attend a summit of the organization. He was expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The body, created in 2001 as a forum for Russia, China and former Soviet states in Central Asia, expanded four years ago to include India and Pakistan, with a view to playing a greater role as a counterbalance to Western influence in the region .

Iran will now be able to participate in the meetings, although it will likely take some time to achieve full membership, the organization’s deputy secretary-general, Grigory Logvinov, told Russian state television, which also reported the signing.

Iran’s economy has been hit hard since 2018., when then-US President Donald Trump backed out of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, including Russia and China.

Months of indirect talks between Iran and the administration of US President Joe Biden have reached an impasse over several obstacles to reviving the nuclear pact.


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