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In letter to president, MPs urge administration to make maximum use of Iran’s SCO membership

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The file photo shows a view of the Iranian parliament (Majlis) in session.

A group of Iranian lawmakers have called on the administration of President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi to activate economic diplomacy and make plans to derive the maximum benefit from country’s membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

In a letter addressed to Raeisi on Sunday, 160 Iranian MPs thanked the Raeisi administration for active diplomatic efforts in advancing Iran’s ‘Look to the East’ policy and in achieving permanent membership of the Shanghai Pact.

In a notable diplomatic success, Iran became a full member of the SCO on September 17, after waiting for years as an observer to join the rapidly expanding Eurasian political, economic and security alliance, led by Russia and China.

The accession was announced during the 21st meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State in Tajikistan’s capital city of Dushanbe, with President Raeisi in attendance.

In their letter, the lawmakers emphasized the significance of “connection to the Central Sea and the Sea of Oman, which will realize Iran’s share of the Shanghai Pact.”

“In order to acquire at least 2.5 percent of Shanghai GDP, the MPs suggest that the esteemed administration make more endeavors regarding the construction of the Chabahar railway and making it operational, and also give a special mission to the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development to implement this vital project,” they added.

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