WORLD Iranian parliament approves bill for Iran's accession to SCO


Iranian parliament approves bill for Iran's accession to SCO


06:59, November 28, 2022

TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Iranian parliament on Sunday approved a bill for Iran's membership to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

Planes fly over national flags of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries during the closing ceremony of the Peace Mission - 2014 military drill in Zhurihe, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, August 29, 2014. (Photo: Xinhua)

The bill was approved by the overwhelming majority of the lawmakers, according to the report.

Abolfazl Amouei, the spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of parliament, said that the parliament's approval of Iran's membership to the SCO contains an international message of "Iran's multilateralism tendency in the field of foreign policy."

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian welcomed the parliament's move on Twitter, saying that "the categorical vote for the bill on the accession of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the SCO is indicative of our country's resolve and seriousness to develop regional, international and economic cooperation and bolster (the country's) approach to Asia."

"The approach of multilateralism is the reality of this century," he said.

In September 2021, the 21st summit of the SCO leaders in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, declared the decision to start admitting Iran as a full member of the SCO from an observer.

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