Russian Authorities are Hopeful that Iran Will Quickly Join SCO Alliance Activity

During a press briefing on July 6, 2023, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova declared that Russia is certain Iran will quickly join the activity of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

“Relying on good Russian-Iranian relations, we actively support this aspiration of Tehran and have no doubts that after gaining full membership, Iran will quickly master the very mechanics of the organization and will most actively get integrated into the common work,” Zakharova stated.

Zakharova called attention to how Iran has been involved in SCO activity since 2006 when it enjoyed observer status. She also noted that Iran’s concrete activities have “confirmed its interest to move towards tightening mutually beneficial ties.” 

“We count on coordinated efforts for further strengthening of the SCO and its role in international affairs,” she added.

Per the diplomat, the Middle Eastern country’s potential will be in demand “to promote cooperation on the economic track, especially in ensuring transport, food and energy security” of SCO member states. “The rich cultural, civilizational tradition of the Islamic world will be added to the humanitarian variety of SCO activities. Therefore, there are very many promising trajectories for cooperation,” Zakharova emphasized.

The SCO Council of Heads of State summit was held in New Delhi on July 4 in an online format. At this summit, Iran’s accession into the SCO as its ninth member nation was announced. 

Spearheaded by China and Russia, the SCO is a regional cooperation forum that’s designed to check Western influence across the Eurasian landmass. It’s the logical response to decades of Western encroachment in this region. 

The SCO’s rise is the ultimate expression of a multipolar geopolitical environment and it will continue to be a thorn in the side of the Collective West should it continue its universalist foreign policy approach. 

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