PRESIDENCY OF UZBEKISTAN IN SCO
April 18, 2016
SCO AND ARMENIA SIGNED A MEMORANDUM OF PARTNERSHIP DIALOGUE
On April 16, 2016, in Beijing, the SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Edward Nalbandian signed the Memorandum on granting the Republic of Armenia the SCO dialogue partner status.
The ceremony, which took place at the SCO Secretariat Headquarters, was attended by the heads of diplomatic missions of the Member States of the organization.
In accordance with the regulations on the dialogue partner status dated August 28, 2008, and other international treaties and instruments operating within the organization, the sides defined the main directions of cooperation of mutual interest in the memorandum.
The Memorandum entered into force on the date of signature.
Thus, the decision of the Council of Heads of States of the SCO Member States dated July 10, 2015 on granting the number of states the dialogue partner status has been fully implemented. Within the presidency of Uzbekistan in the SCO, memorandums have been previously signed with the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
Currently, the SCO includes six member states (Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), six observer states (Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan) and six dialogue partner states (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka).
(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)