Friday, 19, July, 2024

Belarus on Thursday joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), becoming its 10th member state. “Belarus has completed all the necessary procedures on the way to SCO membership in a short period of time," Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said as he opened the second day of SCO sessions in Astana and proposed signing of the relevant protocols.

Belarus became a dialogue partner in the SCO in 2010 and an observer state in 2015. ​​​​​​​

The organization was founded in 2001 in Shanghai. Initially, it consisted of six countries -- Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. In 2017, India and Pakistan joined the bloc, and Iran in 2023.

​​​​​​​There are two other observer states, Afghanistan and Mongolia, and 14 dialogue partners.

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