Proposed law on Iran's SCO membership submitted to Iranian president for final approval

Iranian parliament speaker on Wednesday submitted the proposed bill for Iran's membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to the country's president for final approval and implementation.

Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf handed over the law to Ebrahim Raisi in a letter for final approval and implementation, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

The move follows Iranian Constitutional Council spokesman's announcement on Saturday that the vetting body had approved the bill on the country's membership in the SCO.

Hadi Tahan Nazif noted that, after reviewing the bill, the council did not see it as being in contradiction with the country's religious regulations and constitution, reported the Mizan news agency of the Iranian judiciary.

In November 2022, the Iranian parliament approved the bill for Iran's SCO membership by the overwhelming majority of the lawmakers.

In September 2021, the 21st summit of the SCO leaders held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan announced the decision to start admitting Iran as a full member of the SCO.

The SCO was established in Shanghai in 2001 by China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan and was joined by India and Pakistan in 2017.

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(With input from Xinhua)

(Cover: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi chairs a cabinet session in Tehran, Iran, November 27, 2022. /CFP)

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