Iran Becomes New Permanent Member Of SCO

Iran has officially become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), as was declared during an India-hosted virtual summit. The event was presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who extended his congratulations to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and the people of Iran, and acknowledged Belarus' progression to SCO membership. India's role as the current chair of SCO was highlighted, while the interest of other nations to join SCO was also emphasized. Iran's admission was recognized as historically significant, reflecting its strategic importance and commitment to the organization's objectives, including collective security, sustainable development, and unity among member countries. The declaration highlighted the memorandum of obligations signed by Belarus as an important step towards its full membership, adding to the SCO's expanding influence.

Important Points to remember

  1. Understand the function and objectives of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
  2. Note the historical significance of Iran's full membership and Belarus' progression in the SCO.
  3. Understand India's role as the chair and host of the virtual SCO summit.
  4. Appreciate the growing interest of other nations in joining SCO and the organization’s regional and global relevance.
  5. Know about the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) within the SCO.