Belarus has prepared an application for membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). This was announced by the Special Representative of the President of Russia for the SCO Bakhtiyor Khakimov at a meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the organization in Tashkent, TASS reports.
According to Khakimov, on June 8 he held a consultation with the head of the main department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic, and he made it clear that the Belarusian side would ask them to promptly admit them to the SCO. A proposal has also been prepared for the president to apply to the organization.
“As my interlocutor said, this application has been worked out in an interdepartmental format and approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of the republic,” Khakimov added.
The SCO was founded in 2001 by the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The goals of the organization are proclaimed, among other things, strengthening stability and security on the territory of member countries, combating terrorism, developing economic partnership and cultural interaction.