Iran will be admitted to the SCO

Iran will become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at the next summit in Samarkand, which will be held on September 15 and 16.

This was announced on July 11 by acting. Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov.

“This year, within the framework of the chairmanship of Uzbekistan, Iran, as an observer country, will be accepted as a member of the SCO. A memorandum on the obligations of Iran as a member of the SCO will also be signed in Samarkand,” Norov said at a round table in Moscow.

Iran, which has had observer status with the organization since 2012, applied to join its ranks as a full member back in 2008, but the country's membership remained in limbo for many years due to the UN Security Council sanctions regime against Tehran. In 2015, following the appearance of the so-called nuclear deal with Iran, sanctions were lifted from it.