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October 2021, No. 98


Special Report

Shanghai Organization Grants Iran Full Membership


Iran is on the route of one of the corridors of China Beltway Initiative, namely the China Corridor, Central Asia and West Asia, and can be a link between East and West Eurasia.


The 21st SCO Summit kicked off on September 17 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, with the participation of the leaders of 12 member and observer countries, including the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ebrahim Raisi. At this meeting, Irans permanent membership document was accepted after nearly 16 years of observer membership. The presidents of China and Russia, who attended the summit virtually, also supported Irans full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The Iranian president stated that the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic has always been based on active participation in international organizations, multilateralism and opposition to unilateralism based on justice, cooperation, mutual respect and the need to play a constructive role in facing international and regional challenges. Strengthening bilateral cooperation, especially in the economic field, is an important factor in enhancing the SCOs strategic role in the global economy.

Today, the world has entered a new era and hegemony and unilateralism are declining, he said, adding: In the current situation, world peace and security are threatened by hegemony and challenges such as terrorism, extremism and separatism; Threats are targeting a wide range of countries, especially members and partners of the SCO, and maintaining and strengthening peace in this vast area is not a choice but a necessity.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran stressed that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the spirit that governs it,  namely mutual trust, common interests, equality, joint consultation, respect for cultural diversity and common development, is a key tool for maintaining peace in the 21st century.

Iran is on the route of one of the corridors of China Beltway Initiative, namely the China Corridor, Central Asia and West Asia, and can be a link between East and West Eurasia.

Also, the large port of Chabahar in Iran has the capacity to become a center of exchanges between member countries including neighbors in a special way. With the efforts of members it can become a symbol of cooperation of all members of the Shanghai Organization.

Raisi added: Iran is the connecting link between the above three infrastructural projects. Iran could be the connecting link between South and North Eurasia through the North-South Corridor, connecting Central Asia and Russia to India. The North-South corridor can strengthen the rigid infrastructure of convergence in the form of the Great Eurasia. Iran is on the route of one of the corridors of China Beltway Initiative, Central Asia and West Asia, and can be a link between East and West Eurasia. With the efforts of its members, it can be a symbol of cooperation between all members of the Shanghai Organization.

Today, the international system is facing many challenges and problems that cannot be solved by one government alone, he said. It also has significant social, economic, political and security implications. We thank the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, especially China, Russia and India, for their efforts to help global vaccination in a spirit of cooperation. Any disruption to the process of helping human health through global vaccination under the pretext of sanctions, are violation of human rights and crimes against humanity. Solving this problem is in dire need of international cooperation, and the members of the Shanghai Agreement have great potential in this respect, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to cooperate actively in this area.

 

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