Egypt & Qatar Join Shanghai Cooperation Organisation As ‘Dialogue Partners’

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Egypt and Qatar have been granted Dialogue Partner status of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) following the admission procedure launched in September 2021 at the Dushanbe summit, the Uzbekistan Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

“On September 14, 2022, in Tashkent, in preparation for the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a ceremony of signing memoranda on granting the status of the SCO dialogue partner to the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Qatar was held.” the ministry said.

The documents were signed by SCO Secretary General Zhang Ming, Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister Hamdi Sanad Loza and Qatar’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi.

The SCO is an international organization that includes Full Members China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, along with Observer Nations Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia. Dialogue partners in attendance include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Turkiye with Guest attendees including Turkmenistan as well as senior representatives from ASEAN, the CIS, and United Nations.

Saudi Arabia is also waiting to hear if it will be accepted as a Dialogue Partner to the grouping. The SCO is about to start its annual Heads of State meeting on Thursday (September 15). A preview of that can be seen here.

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