Iran has signed a memorandum of commitment with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), paving the way to transition from its current observer status to full membership.
The news was announced by the press service of the SCO Summit on Thursday.
“Iran has signed a commitment memorandum in order to join the SCO, the document was signed by the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry and the SCO secretary general,” the statement read.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also announced the move on Twitter, late Wednesday, that he signed the document for his country’s full membership in the organization ahead of the 2-day summit which began on Thursday, hosted by Uzbekistan.
“Now we have entered a new stage of various economic, commercial, transit, energy, etc. cooperation,” he wrote.
In order to receive a status of a full-fledged member of the SCO, following the signing of the commitment memorandum, Iran has to ratify 40 normative documents of this organization, Uzbekistan’s SCO national coordinator Rahmatulla Nurimbetov told media.
“According to the SCO Charter and its other normative documents, any country candidate for membership in the organization must share the SCO’s goals and tasks without taking any hostile actions against other member states.
Additionally, the country should be part of the Eurasian region and should not be subject to sanctions by the UN Security Council,” the official told reporters.
Nurimbetov said Iran does comply with all these requirements, therefore the decision was made to launch the procedure of accepting the country to the SCO.