President Raisi: We Will Sign Deals with the Leaders of the SCO
Before heading to Tajikistan to attend the Shanghai Summit, the Iranian president affirmed that his country pays great attention to its foreign policy with neighboring countries and the region.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi affirmed that his country attributes great importance to regional cooperation with neighbors in the region.
In his statements from Tehran airport, Raisi said that the Iranian participation In the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit will focus on economic and cultural relations with Asian countries. He made the statement Thursday while heading to Tajikistan to participate in the summit meetings.
President Raisi stressed that cooperation with neighboring countries in the region is a top priority of Iranian foreign policy, explaining that Iran will hold separate meetings with the leaders participating in the summit, signing deals with them.
Iran to raise the level of its strategic cooperation with China
On August 18, Raisi had confirmed that strengthening Iran's relations with Russia and China was "a priority of my foreign policy."
Raisi made clear that Tehran is determined to complete the comprehensive cooperation document between Iran and Russia as soon as possible. He added that his country seeks to strengthen relations between the two countries. The president said that Tehran aims to open new ways to redouble trade volume with Russia. He concluded by stressing the readiness of Tehran to heighten the level of strategic cooperation with China.
On another note, former Deputy Oil Minister, Asghar Ebrahimi, stated that Iran has a high potential to develop its political and economic relations. The minister counted on the presence of Russia, China, and India, which are an important part of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Ebrahimi said.
About the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Today, Thursday, Tajikistan will host the SCO summit in the capital Dushanbe. The summit will be held under the slogan, "20 years of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Cooperation for Stability and Prosperity." The date coincides with the 20th anniversary of the founding of the organization.
A report by the Embassy of Tajikistan in Cairo stated that the two-day Jubilee summit will discuss the main results of the activities of the SCO over the past 20 years. In addition, talks will be held on the status and prospects of multilateral cooperation within the organization, discussions will be held on regional and international cooperation and ways to support the maintenance of peace.
Additional topics include: preserving stability in the region, combating global threats and security challenges, including drug-related problems and cybersecurity. Discovering ways to eliminate the social causes of terrorism, extremism and developments in Afghanistan are in discussion as well.
The heads of member states will also decide on the appointment of a new Secretary-General of the SCO as well as the Director of the Executive Committee of the Organization's Regional Counter-Terrorism Center.
At the end of the meeting, the anthem of the organization which was agreed upon as an initiative from the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, will be played for the first time.
It is worth noting that the SCO includes Russia, India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia have observer status on the other hand, while the dialogue partners of the organization include Azerbaijan, Turkey, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
ASEAN and the Commonwealth of the Independent States, the United Nations, and Turkmenistan have a guest in the organization.