Iranian parliament approves bill for Iran's accession to SCO



The Iranian parliament on Sunday approved a bill for Iran's membership to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) with overwhelming majority.

Abolfazl Amouei, the spokesman for the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said that the parliament's approval of Iran's SCO membership contains an international message of "Iran's multilateralism tendency in the field of foreign policy."

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian welcomed the parliament's move on Twitter, saying that "the categorical vote for the bill on the accession of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the SCO is indicative of our country's resolve and seriousness to develop regional, international and economic cooperation and bolster (the country's) approach to Asia."

"The approach of multilateralism is the reality of this century," he said.

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