Minsk: We hope that membership in the SCO will open up an opportunity for us to participate in its projects

Belarusian Ambassador to China Yury Senko said that the republic’s membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will give Minsk the opportunity to participate in the projects of this organization.

“Our country has been an observer in the SCO since 2010. In September, the initiative will be approved in Uzbekistan, and this will be the beginning of all procedures for joining the SCO. This is a big market. These are excellent opportunities. participate in many projects that are currently being implemented within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The ambassador said that talks between Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his Chinese counterpart should take place in the foreseeable future. “We are waiting for this decision. Everything goes to the point that such negotiations should take place, if nothing happens, we hope that the epidemic will not be a hindrance,” he added.

Earlier, Uzbek Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov said that Belarus had applied for membership in the SCO, and its application had already been sent to member states, and the procedures for its admission to the SCO could begin at the summit in Samarkand. Subsequently, the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Zhang Ming confirmed that Belarus had applied to join the organization and that the association was ready to initiate the necessary legal procedures.

The next summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will be held in September in Samarkand.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an international organization founded in 2001. Its members are India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. Observer countries in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization are Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia, and partner countries are Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka. And at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Dushanbe in September 2021, procedures for admitting Iran to the organization were launched and partner status was granted to Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Source: RIA Novosti

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