Dushanbe (IP) - At today's meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Tajikistan, the President of China said that Iran was accepted as a full member of the organization.

Iran PressAsia: Chinese President Xi Jinping, who virtually attended the SCO summit in the Tajikistan capital city of Dushanbe on Friday, announced that Iran would be accepted as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

During his online speech at the summit, the Chinese president criticized the sanctions imposed on world economic exchanges.

He did not name any country but said any barriers to trade and technology should be removed and these opportunities should be made available to all.

The Chinese President called on the SCO member states to "stand together" and not allow other countries to attack SCO members.

Xi Jinping also focused on Afghanistan, saying the international community must work together to meet Afghanistan's challenges.

"We must encourage Afghanistan to have an inclusive government," he added, saying: "We must fight all kinds of terrorism. Let's try to turn Afghanistan into a path of peace and stability." 

Xi Jinping also elaborated on the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, saying that Beijing would invest millions of dollars in developing trade in the Shanghai area over the next five years.

Xi Jinping also announced the establishment of thousands of educational institutions for citizens of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) by China.

The 21st SCO Summit kicked off in the Tajikistan capital, Dushanbe, on Friday with the leaders of 12 member and observer countries, including Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In addition to the Tajik President, the summit was attended by the leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and the Presidents of Russia, China, India, and Mongolia, who also attended the meeting online.

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