Iran’s ready for SCO full membership: President Rouhani

Tehran, Sept 5, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani said here on Saturday all the obstacles have been removed for permanent membership of Iran at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

President Rouhani made the statement in a joint press conference with his Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambayev.
President Rouhani reiterated that all the SCO members are looking for full membership.
‘The permanent membership of Iran at the SCO would serve the benefits of the two sides,’ he added.
Touching upon the independent approach of the new Kyrgyzstan government and closure of the county’s Manas Air Base to the Americans, President Rouhani reiterated that Tehran and Bishkek enjoy close relationship in regional and international arenas.
Referring to his today’s meeting conversation with his Kyrgyz counterpart, President Rouhani stressed that Atambayev has promised to do his best for full membership of Iran in SCO.
Pointing to Iran’s capabilities in delivering the technical and engineering services, President Rouhani voiced Iran’s willingness to help Kyrgyzstan construct railway projects.
‘Iran and Kyrgyzstan, both, enjoy huge untapped potentials for fostering economic relations,’ he added.
President Rouhani reiterated that the southern Iranian ports could connect the central Asian countries, Kyrgyzstan in particular, to the international free waters.