|Iran's President Ahmadinejad says the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's member states promote economic and security cooperation, PressTV reported. |
"Iran's presence at the 8th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is very important because the world is on the threshold of significant developments," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters before his departure for Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, Wednesday.
He added that on the sidelines of the summit, he would hold talks and consult with heads of state on relations and leading regional and international issues.
The Iranian president expressed hope the SCO summit would bear constructive results for its members and regional countries.
He said that a trilateral meeting would be held between Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan aimed at decisions on economic cooperation.
The SCO is a permanent intergovernmental organization founded in June 2001 in Shanghai, China.
Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are permanent SCO members while Iran, India, Mongolia and Pakistan participate as observers. The Islamic Republic has applied for full membership in the Organization.
The main goals of the SCO include strengthening confidence and good-neighborly relations among the members, promoting their cooperation and joint efforts to maintain and ensure peace, security and stability in the region.
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