Syria and Israel have applied to join the SCO


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About the interest of Syria, of Israel and Egypt to participate in the Shanghai cooperation organization (SCO) told reporters at a briefing in Tashkent the special representative of the President on Affairs of the Shanghai cooperation organization Bakhtiar Khakimov.

Now in the SCO’s six permanent members — Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

From Syria last year came the request for connection to the work as an observer, but as among the SCO member States have agreed about the beginning of cooperation with newcomers from the lowest level, that it is “about partnership according to dialogue,” said Khakimov.

On Friday, the presidents will discuss the prospect of joining the permanent membership of Iran. “The Russian side unambiguously in favour of possible start without delay the process of accepting Iran into the SCO,” — said Khakimov. However, according to him, this time to negotiate with their colleagues failed. Have principle objections, but there are “technical details,” said the special representative of the President, not describing the details.

“We fully support Iran’s interest in this question (membership in SCO, but now we need to focus on the issue of inclusion of India and Pakistan”, — explained the need not to hurry with the decision of the Minister of foreign Affairs of China Wang Yi (quoted by The Diplomat).

Informed acceptance of Iran was impossible because the country was under UN sanctions. In January 2017 sanctions were lifted.

The membership of Pakistan and India

On Friday during the business activities of the six presidents with the participation of Prime Minister of India Narendra modi and the President of Pakistan mamnoon Hussain will take memoranda on the obligations of India and Pakistan for admission to SCO. The agreement in principle of their admission had been reached at the previous summit in Ufa in 2015. To complete the procedure of admission of two new members in may next year, said Khakimov. “They expressed their willingness to promptly adhere to all documents <…> if the ratification of any problems, in this case there is the possibility of transferring (receiving),” — said Khakimov.

After taking will interact with the organization will have four nuclear powers, up to 3 billion people will increase the number of people living on the territory of the organization, total GDP will almost double to $20 trillion, repeated the main arguments Khakimov. Admission of new members will require a readjustment of the work within the organization, recognizes the special representative.

The General Assembly of the

The next SCO summit will be held in Tashkent on Friday, Thursday will start with an informal events — a gala concert and dinner on behalf of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.

At the summit in Tashkent was visited by the presidents of all six member countries, even between countries the relationship is not simple. Regional media pay special attention to the reception of Islam Karimov will have the President of neighboring Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.

In addition to the presidents of the “six” in the SCO will be attended by the leaders of the countries-observers: President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Mongolia — Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, the President of Pakistan Hussain Hussain, Prime Minister of India, Narendra modi, foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Zarif,

Special guest of the President of Uzbekistan became the President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov.

Will also be attended by the presidents of CIS — Sergey Lebedev, CSTO — Nikolai Bordyuzha, the Executive Director of the conference on measures and confidence in Asia, Gong Tzaneva, the Secretary General of ASEAN, Le Luong Minh, permanent under Secretary of the UN Jeffrey Feltman.

Before and during the summit in Uzbekistan for security purposes, closed its borders with neighbouring countries.