NOVO-OGARYOVO, September 17. / TASS /. Russia welcomed the decision to grant dialogue partner status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday. during the SCO summit held in Dushanbe by video link.
“Of course, we welcome the fact that the status of dialogue partner has been granted to Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Russia is a supporter of the active participation of these countries in various aspects of the activities. of the SCO, “he said.
According to Putin, “a rather impressive portfolio of nominations from other states wishing to cooperate with the organization in one capacity or another” requires careful consideration.
“Concretely, we think it is appropriate to reflect on how to modernize and make more effective the participation of observers and dialogue partners in the work of the SCO”, declared the Russian head of state.
“In our opinion, it would be useful in the future, in parallel with the summits of the leaders of the SCO member states, to organize high-level and high-level events in the so-called SCO + format with the invitation of all our partners. . “, Putin noted.
The SCO includes India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. However, Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia are observer states, while Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka are dialogue partners.