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SCO Chief welcomes Iran's membership

Tehran, March 28, IRNA -- Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Bolat Nurgaliyev on Thursday welcomed Iran's bid for membership in the Organization.

"Iran's claim for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization full membership will not bring any negative moments in relations with the regional and international organizations," Nurgaliyev said.

Nurgaliyev said Iran's official claim was received in accordance with regulations of the SCO Charter.

According to the Secretary-General, since 2005 Iran has held the observer's position in the Organization, equally with India, Pakistan and Mongolia.

Along with this, these states participate in the work of structural departments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, he added.

"The SCO is not a military and political alliance and all the speculations that the organization resists the existing military and political groups are quite groundless. The military training conducted by the member countries have anti-terrorist character. We tend to cooperate with the international structures and regional organizations which have interests in Eurasia," Nurgaliyev noted.

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