Iran has become the ninth member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, follows from the New Delhi Declaration of the Council of Heads of SCO Member States.
“The member States stressed the historical significance of the admission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the SCO as a full member state,” the statement said.
The decision was made following the results of the organization’s summit, which was held in video format on July 4.

Previously, Iran had the status of an observer state in the SCO, but in 2021 the process of raising the status of the republic to a full member began. The SCO member states called the decision to accept Iran into their ranks historic.
“Full membership in this important organization will provide Iran with conditions for collective security, opportunities for sustainable economic development, for ensuring sovereignty to a greater extent than it was before,” Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said during a meeting of the council.