İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO- 06.06.2017- Assistant Foreign Minister Li Huilai said Beijing supports Iran to become a full member of Shangai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
In a press conference that specifically conducted for upcoming meeting of SCO, Huilai said "Iran is an SCO observer country. For a long time, Iran has been actively participating in various important events in the framework of the SCO. Iran has made a positive contribution to the development of the SCO. The Chinese side highly appreciates this. The Chinese side welcomes and expresses support for the desire of the Iranian side to become a full member of the SCO".
Iran currently has an observer status in SCO. In 2008, state authorities applied for full membership but SCO refused to accept the application respecting amid UN sanctions against Iran due to its nuclear program.
SCO is an intergovernmental organization, established on June 15, 2001 in Shanghai by Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Russia and Uzbekistan. In the previous meeting held in 2016, members had a consensus on the accession of India and Pakistan to the organization. The next meeting will start in Thursday.