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Iran's membership in SCO as observer approved

Astana, July 5, IRNA-Heads of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states on Tuesday gave the nod to Iran's SCO membership as an observer.

During a meeting of heads of SCO member states, the officials approved the membership of Iran, Pakistan and India in SCO as observers.

During their recent meeting on February 25 in Astana, the SCO member states' foreign ministers had accepted the proposals of the said countries to join the organization as observers.

Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref arrived here on Monday to attend the meeting at the official invitation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

SCO is an intergovernmental international organization founded in Shanghai on June 15, 2001 by six countries including China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Expansion of political, security, trade and economic cooperation, coordination of SCO members activities against terrorism and campaign against other kinds of threats to regional security are among the main goals of the organization.

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