Iran is to join SCO

RISS senior expert Marianna Bakonina comments on the Iran's decision to sign an agreement to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a permanent member at the upcoming summit in Uzbekistan's Samarkand. According to the analyst, it is the result of Tehran's long-term efforts to strengthen its international positions over the past years. The expert believes that Iran's membership in the SCO will significantly enhance the international weight of the Organization.


  • With Tehran joining the SCO, the Organization is viewed as an anti-Western bloc, with some even calling it the «anti-NATO». However, the SCO is not a military alliance with treaty obligations.

  • The SCO gives Tehran a diplomatic forum for pursuing closer ties to the region. Besides, it strengthens its relations with Moscow and Beijing.
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