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Iran's Accession to Shanghai Bloc to Begin in Fall 2022, Russian Envoy Says

© REUTERS / Didor SadulloevIranian President Ebrahim Raisi delivers a speech during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan September 17, 2021
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi delivers a speech during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan September 17, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.10.2021
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TASHKENT (Sputnik) - Iran will start down the path of becoming a full-fledged member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation at the next summit in September 2022, a Russian envoy to the eight-nation bloc said Tuesday.
The Eurasian political organisation is currently comprised of China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, with Iran as an observer state.

"We expect a memorandum to be signed in Samarkand in September 2022. This means Iran will begin the concrete process of accession", Bakhtiyer Khakimov told reporters on the sidelines of a SCO national coordinators' meeting in Tashkent.

Uzbekistan, which holds the rotating SCO presidency, has shared a draft memorandum listing conditions for Iran's accession with other members. Khakimov said that every aspiring member state has a tailored list of criteria to meet.
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