Iran was officially admitted as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday.
The decision to admit Iran as a full member was declared in the 21th summit of the SCO leaders in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
So far Iran was an observer member of the organization.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who addressed the summit virtually, confirmed that from today Iran will become a permanent member of the SCO.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Iran’s full membership.
Addressing the SCO summit on Friday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said, “Strengthening bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of economy is an important factor in improving the strategic role of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in global economy.”
Raisi called the SCO summit “one of the few” opportunities for dialogue to ensure real peace and cooperation at the regional level.
In another part of his speech, Raisi noted that his government’s foreign policy orientation will focus on “economic multilateralism” and strengthening “neighborhood policy” in its broadest sense, and strengthening its presence in regional organizations.
He also mentioned Iran’s vast potential in terms of geopolitics, population, energy, transportation, human resources, and most importantly spirituality, culture and civilization.
The president also underscored that the world has entered a new era.
“Hegemony and unilateralism are declining. The international system is changing towards the polarization and redistribution of power in favor of independent states,” he said.
Raisi called Iran as the connecting link between South and North Eurasia through the North-South Corridor, connecting Central Asia and Russia to India.
The president also noted that Iran’s foreign policy has always been based on active participation in international organizations, multilateralism and opposition to unilateralism based on justice, cooperation, mutual respect and the need to play a constructive role in facing international and regional challenges.
Raisi also said, “The responsibility for the situation in Afghanistan lies entirely with the United States and its allies during this period.”
In conclusion, Raisi noted that the SCO states, by relying on their deep-rooted history of civilization, “can establish existing methods for achieving and promoting peace and security based on diplomacy and comprehensive interaction based on justice and spirituality.”