India, Pakistan to join SCO in Astana in June - Kazakh FM

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ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Foreign Affairs Minister of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov is confident that India and Pakistan will join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as full members after the SCO Summit which is due in Astana this June.

"SCO expansion is undoubtedly one of the most relevant issues right now. India and Pakistan obtained observer status at the session of the SCO Heads of State Council in July 2005 in Astana. During the upcoming SCO Summit in Astana we will witness granting of full membership to India and Pakistan," Minister Abdrakhmanov said at the meeting of the SCO Foreign Ministers Council.

This, according to the minister, will open a brand new stage in the development and multi-faceted cooperation within the SCO and strengthen its prestige in the international arena.

Minister Abdrakhmanov noted that Kazakhstan is ready to consider Iran's full membership in the organization as well. "We hope that the SCO member states will also consider Iran and other countries' bids to become full members and obtain observer status in the nearest future," he said.

As for interaction with other international and regional organizations, Kazakhstan is in favor of close cooperation between the SCO and the Eurasian Economic Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Kairat Abdrakhmanov reminded that Kazakhstan became the non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2017-2018 with the active support of the SCO member states.


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