SCO Summit kicks off in China

IRNA – Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit started with the attendance of Iran President Hassan Rouhani in China on Sunday.

The heads of eight member states – China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan – as well as those of the four observer states- Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia are participating in the summit.

The Iranian president is attending the 18th summit upon the invitation by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Some senior officials, such as the Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh, and Minister of Economy Masoud Karbasian are accompanying President Rouhani in the meeting. On the sidelines of the summit, Rouhani will also meet the heads of some member states and international organizations.

‘Four documents will be signed on fighting narcotics and organized crimes, Iran’s role in ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, stock exchange and security cooperation, and academic cooperation,’ Ali-Asghar Khaji, Iran’s ambassador to Beijing earlier said.