WANA (Nov 27) – In today’s (Sunday, November 27) public session of the Islamic Parliament of Iran, Out of a total of 237 representatives present in the meeting, the representatives agreed with the bill for the accession of the Islamic Republic of Iran government to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization with 205 votes in favor, 3 votes against and 4 abstentions.

The 22nd summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Samarkand with the presence of Dr. Raisi / President office / WANA (West Asia News Agency)

Why is membership in Shanghai important for Iran?

Some reasons Iranian experts saying on the importance of membership in the Shanghai Organization

  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a way to end the unipolar world.
  • Shanghai is a way to neutralize sanctions.
  • Membership in Shanghai has a security application in dealing with American terrorist acts.
  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organization can determine the price of energy in the world
  • Management of production chain to energy consumption.
  • Managing tension and conflict in Asia.

The 22nd summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Samarkand with the presence of Dr. Raisi / President office / WANA (West Asia News Agency)

SCO

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an intergovernmental organization founded in Shanghai on 15 June 2001. The SCO currently comprises eight Member States (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan), four Observer States interested in acceding to full membership (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia), and six “Dialogue Partners” (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Turkey). In 2021, the decision was made to start the accession process of Iran to the SCO as a full member, and Egypt, Qatar as well as Saudi Arabia became dialogue partners.

Since its inception in 2001, the SCO has mainly focused on regional security issues, its fight against regional terrorism, ethnic separatism and religious extremism. To date, the SCO’s priorities also include regional development.