Tehran, Sep 17 | The top priority of Iran’s foreign policy is to increase cooperation with regional countries, especially with its neighbours, President Ibrahim Raisi said.
“We attach great importance to regional cooperation, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is one of the active organizations for regional cooperation where the Islamic Republic of Iran will have an active presence,” Raisi told reporters upon his departure in Tajik on Thursday. The capital of Dushanbe to attend the upcoming SCO summit.
He said he would express the views of the Islamic Republic at the summit, and would also meet leaders and senior officials of the participating countries, including his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon, Xinhua news agency reported.
The visit to Tajikistan marks a new chapter in the cultural, economic and political ties between the two states, Raisi said.
During this visit, several agreements will be signed between Tehran and Dushanbe in the fields of law, economics and agriculture, which will help develop the existing relations between the two countries.
The two-day SCO summit is scheduled to focus on regional issues, including Afghanistan.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization was established in 2001 in Shanghai by China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
India and Pakistan joined as full members in 2017.
Iran is an observer country in the organization.
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