Shanghai Cooperation Organization urges diplomacy on Iran issue

March 1, 2009

NEW DELHI (Xinhua) – Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Secretary General Bolat Nurgaliev has said that dispute over Iran’s nuclear issue should be resolved diplomatically, according to the Asian Age newspaper published on Saturday.

Speaking with Indian defense and security analysts in New Delhi, Nurgaliev called on the international community to “involve (Iran) and not isolate it.”
Russia currently holds the rotating presidency of the SCO which includes China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.
The SCO chief also invited India to attend an international conference on Afghanistan which will be held in Moscow on March 27.
Nurgaliev said he hoped the meeting would “frankly discuss the situation in Afghanistan and its influence on neighboring states.”
“India had an important role to play in strengthening the SCO. We respect India's peaceful foreign policy. We share common positions on many issues. India has good relations with all SCO members and the prospects for future relations are very bright,” the report quoted Nurgaliev as saying.
India and Iran hold observer status at SCO. Iran has asked for full membership.-