Russia, China welcome India, Pakistan joining Shanghai Cooperation Organization

All decisions necessary for that have been taken at an SCO summit in Dushanbe in September last year, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov told Chinese state news agency Xinhua

MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. India’s and Pakistan’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) should help the security grouping comprising Russia, China and four ex-Soviet states in Central Asia to work more efficiently, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov told Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

“It is important to practically launch the process of expanding the organization,” Morgulov said in the interview published on the Russian Foreign Ministry website on Tuesday. “All decisions necessary for that have been taken at an SCO summit in Dushanbe in September last year.”

“Heads of member states, including Russia and China, voiced their support for India and Pakistan becoming full members of the organization,” the diplomat was quoted as saying. “We are convinced that the admission of these states with the experience they have gained as SCO observers should help to boost the efficiency of our group’s practical work and its credibility in the world arena,” he said, adding that SCO members were actively working at a joint development strategy up to 2025.

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