On Friday, Pakistan signed the Memorandum of Obligations (MoO)  along with the foreign ministers of the six SCO member states and Secretary General SCO.

The MoO was signed by the Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz with the intention of attaining the full affiliation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) at its Heads of State Summit in Tashkent.

Also on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a speech at an SCO summit in the Uzbek capital Tashkent that there are no obstacles left for Iran to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

“We believe that after Iran’s nuclear problem was solved and United Nations sanctions lifted, there have been no obstacles left (for Iran’s membership in the SCO).” Putin asserted.

The SCO groups are China, Russia, Pakistan, India and the former Soviet republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, while Iran, Afghanistan and Mongolia are spectators.

The group, which was initially created to combat terrorisations posed by radical Islam and drug trafficking from next-door Afghanistan, is a security bloc headed by China and Russia.

At the Ufa talks in July last year, Pakistan was requested to become a full member of the SCO. All appropriate processes are being finalised for full membership.

Pakistan’s membership will improve issues related to military and technical cooperation with Russia and on communication projects with China.

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