MOSCOW, September 4 (RIA Novosti) – India will be ready to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a full member after the heads of member states agree on all the necessary procedures for its accession, Indian Ambassador to Russia Pundi Srinivasan Raghavan told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
“India has been associated with the SCO as an observer since 2005 and we have stated that we would be willing to play a larger role in the organization as a full member. The SCO heads of states are meeting in September and we are hopeful that the organization will reach a consensus on its expansion process and procedures,” Rashaan said.
According to the ambassador, despite India’s interest to join SCO, the heads of its member states have not agreed on the criteria for the potential entrants, their responsibilities and the procedure of entry itself.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization was founded in 2001 by the leaders of Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Its observer states include Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan.
The full interview with Indian Ambassador to Russia Pundi Srinivasan Raghavan is available at the RIA Novosti website, www.ria.ru.