TEHRAN (FNA)- Chinese Foreign Ministry announced that the country’s President Hu Jintao has officially invited his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
The 12th SCO summit will be held in Beijing on June 6-7.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Weimin said that the leaders of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan have also been invited to the event.
The participants in the SCO summit would discuss current regional and international developments during the meeting.
Iran currently holds an observer status in the group and applied for full membership in a request filed on March 24, 2008.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an intergovernmental organization which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai, China, by the Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian, Tajik, Uzbek and Chinese heads of state.
SCO member governments include China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as four formally designated observer countries, namely Iran, India, Mongolia and Pakistan.
Ahmadinejad’s visit to China takes on particular significance as China is a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council and has resisted US demands for sanctions on Iran.
Iran, OPEC’s second-largest producer, exports most of its 2.2 million barrels of oil per day to Asia, home to its four main customers: China, Japan, India and South Korea....