YEMEN Press Agency

Amirabdollahian announces Iran’s imminent accession to Shanghai Organization

WORLD, June 02 (YPA) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has said that Iran’s official membership at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be finalized in the next few weeks, Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

He added, that will take place following the approval of Iran’s full membership by Kyrgyzstan’s parliament that was the last legislative body of the main eight members of the SCO to give the approval.

Amirabdollahian said that the announcement of Iran’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will take place during the July meeting in the presence of the President of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Raisi.

On the other hand, he affirmed that that the Islamic Republic is undoubtedly “the main actor” when it comes to developments in West Asia region.

He elaborated on his ministry’s measures and achievements over the past months and its plans in line with the current Iranian administration’s policy to pursue active diplomacy.

The top diplomat also spoke about the latest trip to Iran by Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik Al Said that took place on May 28-29.

Amirabdollahian said that the trip was in response to a last year visit by President Ebrahim Raisi to Oman, adding that the two sides are determined to further expand relations as they have been satisfied with the quick implementation of their previous agreements.

Regarding dispute with Afghanistan, Amirabdollahian said that Taliban rulers have made it clear that the recent sporadic clashes at the border between Iran and Afghanistan have not taken place based on a pre-determined plan.

He said Tehran will continue to deal with the ongoing dispute with Afghanistan over Iran’s right to use its share of the Helmand (Hirmand) River, adding that Iran will pursue the issue both politically and legally.