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FM: Iran ready to join Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Dushanbe, March 24, IRNA - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Dushanbe on Monday that Iran is ready to join Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

After meeting with Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon here on Monday, Mottaki told reporters, "Iran has observer status in the SCO and has recently requested for membership which Tajikistan government has supported it."

He added President Rakhmon visit to Tehran, less than two months ago, and his talk with President Ahmadinejad in Dakar, Senegal, around two weeks ago, created new grounds for developing cooperation between Iran and Tajikistan.

The foreign minister added, "Creating and strengthening transitional infrastructures between the two countries will lead to consolidation of ties with central Asian countries and will facilitate cooperation among countries of the region.

Exchanging views in the fields of cooperation in regional organizations such as Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) were among issues for talks with Tajik officials, Mottaki said.

He went on to say, "As the two countries have firm bilateral ties and good cooperation in different organizations they will have a useful cooperation in SCO, too."

Mottaki expressed hope that with cooperation and positive views of the other member states in the SCO, Iran can play a more active role in the organization.

Trilateral cooperation between Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan were among other issues discussed with President Rakhmon and the other Tajik officials, Mottaki said.

Concerning trilateral meeting between foreign ministers of Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan, Mottaki said that he and his two counterparts have the responsibility to compile a draft about trilateral cooperation in economic and cultural fields.

Preparation for a summit meeting between presidents of the three countries simultaneous with summit of SCO heads in Dushanbe is another issue for meeting of the three foreign ministers.

Mottaki said, "We try to prepare a draft on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) about cooperation between the three Persian speaking countries at the end of the trilateral meeting in Dushanbe.

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