The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) says it will consider Iran’s application for the full-fledged membership immediately after the sanctions against the country are lifted.
“The conditions under which the country under the UN Security Council sanctions cannot obtain the status of a full member have been prescribed at the first stage of the SCO formation,” said SCO Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev.
“The organization wishes success to Iran in the completion of work on Iran's nuclear program to implement as expeditiously as possible the necessary legal procedures for the sanctions’ lifting. I believe that after this, the organization will immediately return to Iran's application for a full member status,” Mezentsev has been quoted by Sputnik news agency.
He noted that cooperation with Tehran, especially in the last two or three years, and the interest exhibited by the Iranian side created “the basis of a new quality and depth of this country's cooperation with the association.”
Moreover, in accordance with the decision of the SCO heads of state adopted during the Russian chairmanship, India and Pakistan will soon become the SCO member states, Mezentsev stressed.