Iran's president to attend SCO summit in September

# 21 August 2013 18:44 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will pay an official visit to the Kyrgyz capital city of Bishkek in September to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif announced here on Wednesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The SCO summit is highly important for the Islamic republic, and President Rouhani will hold talks with the heads of states of the SCO member countries on the sidelines of the meeting.

Bishkek visit would be Rouhani's first foreign trip since taking office on Aug. 4.

The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic and military organization which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Iran currently has observer status in the organization and applied for full membership on March 24, 2008. However, because of ongoing sanctions levied by the UN, it is blocked from admission as a new member. The SCO stated that any country under UN sanctions cannot be admitted.

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