Russia Sees No Obstacles to Iran’s SCO Membership

Russia’s envoy to the United Nations said barriers to Iran becoming a permanent member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have been removed with the implementation of the JCPOA and lifting of the UN sanctions against Tehran.

“We consider there are no obstacles left for a positive consideration of its (Iran’s) membership application after the resolution of the situation on Iran’s nuclear program and lifting of the UN sanctions,” Sputnik quoted Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin as saying on Friday.

He was referring to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

Churkin made the comments at a UN Security Council meeting on cooperation with regional organizations, such as the SCO, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are the six permanent members of the SCO. Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Belarus and Mongolia have observer status. Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Armenia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka also hold status of dialogue partners.

The SCO was formed in 2001 in Shanghai to curb extremism in the region and enhance border security.

The intergovernmental organization seeks to strengthen mutual trust and good neighborly ties between the member countries, contribute to regional stability and facilitate cooperation in different sectors, including political, trade, economic and energy issues.

(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

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