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Shanghai assembly chief backs India, Pakistan for membership

September 12, 2014, 15:01 UTC+3 DUSHANBE
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DUSHANBE, September 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Plans by India and Pakistan to join the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) were backed by the regional assembly's chairman at its summit in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, on Friday, as he looked ahead to a membership bid by Iran.

Documents on admission of new members would be adopted at the session, said the assembly's current chief, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, gathering representatives of Russia, China and central Asian member-states.

Eyeing prospects for Iran's admission, Nazarbeyev welcomed dialogue between its leaders and Western powers, expressing hope for a settlement of issues over Teheran's nuclear ambitions before November, “thus opening an opportunity (for Iran) to apply for SCO membership".

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