Tehran (IP) - The Islamic Republic of Iran became a permanent member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday (September 17th) in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, changed its position from observer to full member.

Iran PressIran news: The leaders of the eight-member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization announced their agreement with the change of the membership of the Islamic Republic of Iran from an observer member to a full member and signed the relevant documents.

The leaders of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and India have expressed hope that the organization's initiative in the international community will increase given Iran's authority in the world.


Iran a great credit to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi, former Iranian ambassador to Russia and expert on international issues, said in this regard: "The Islamic Republic of Iran has never succumbed to the increasing demands of the West and has not even moved within the imposed framework of the domineering system. Iran has always been in favor of the oppressed and the denial of domination in the international community, and this approach of Iran is a great credit to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization."

With the permanent membership of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, this organization's political and economic weight will increase significantly.

Iran has a young population, skilled human resources, abundant economic resources, and promising technological advances in engineering and indigenous technology. It facilitates Shanghai's access to the new markets of the Middle East.

Western sanctions will be more ineffective

Dr. XIN Qiang, a member of the Shanghai Center for International Studies, said, "Some of the US allies are also trying to become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and this shows the weight of this organization. With the permanent membership of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Shanghai Organization, this weight will increase significantly. While it is of great benefit to the Iran, especially the Western sanctions against Iran will be more ineffective. Therefore, this is a win-win cooperation and makes the anti-domineering system stronger and more cohesive."

The United States has made many efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic of Iran, but the facts are different. These animosities, with the unparalleled resistance of the Iranian nation and the support of the ideals of the revolution, caused all this malice to backfire, and the countries of the world, considering Iran's regional and international position, want to increase cooperation with Tehran.

Iran's permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an example of these facts and a unique achievement of the Islamic Republic in the international arena.

SCO role in the acceleration of Iran economic development 

Dr. XIN Qiang added: By achieving permanent membership in the SCO, Iran will achieve one of its goals, which is that Shanghai will become Iran's communication channel to convey Tehran's voice of freedom and aspirations and a place to reflect Iran's strong position in the world and increase its power and influence. With this permanent membership, the economic development plan of the Islamic Republic of Iran will be accelerated, and it will have access to its markets."

Making alliances for regional and international cooperation is one of the goals of forming regional unions and organizations to defend their independence and economic and political security through cooperation in the face of security and financial threats.

Iran provides more security to SCO members: Analyst

Security has been one of the components of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which has wide dimensions. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization has been set up for the same purpose. With Iran's permanent membership, Shanghai's sphere of activity will increase in all aspects with Iran's neighboring countries.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rajab Safarov, director of the Moscow Center for Iranian Studies, said: "Shanghai is a pro-security organization that was first formed to fight terrorism. Iran also played a good role in establishing security and stability in the region and the world, and this has caused national pride in Iran. Therefore, we welcome Iran's permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

"In the economic dimension, with the permanent membership of Iran and the expansion of economic relations in the Shanghai Organization, the costs and the final price of goods will be reduced according to the economic contracts and will make the Shanghai market competitive. Trade is booming in the region, which is good for all members of Shanghai and Iran," He added.

Iran's permanent membership in the SCO will also increase Iran's exports to Eurasia. At the same time, countries in this important region need Iranian products, and Iran has easier access to this market through the Shanghai Organization.

Iran to increase Shanghai share in GMP

Sheikh Attar, the former ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to India and Germany and an expert on international issues, also spoke in this regard: " The Shanghai Organization has more than 25% of the world's GMP, and this is a good advantage for the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Shanghai Organization to increase this amount."

Dr. Safarov, director of the Moscow Center for Iranian Studies, also said: "The countries of the Eurasian region need Iranian products and goods and are very happy to have extensive relations with Iran. Because thousands of Russian companies went bankrupt during these years, because these companies cooperated with the West and European countries, and with the imposition of Western sanctions against Russia, Western companies stopped cooperating. The losses of this severance were very heavy and a bitter experience."



Putin: Iran would increase SCO authority

During his speech at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, thanked the members for Iran's permanent membership in the organization and said that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, via its growing path, in a short period has gained a brilliant regional and international status.

At the SCO summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin also said that Iran's accession to the SCO would increase the organization's authority.

In conclusion, the West now understands the regional weight of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It has been concluded that regional security is not possible without Iran. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), with signing a document on Iran's permanent membership, thwarted all Western plans to prevent Iran from joining Shanghai and gained an important position in the region and the world. This place will increase Shanghai's global power in the future.


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