The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation is the new Warsaw Pact-only it is larger, better armed and much, much richer.
It is growing into a major challenge to Western interests.
From Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency
Iran’s First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi is attending the meeting as an observer.
The member states are scheduled to discuss ways to increase and develop ties between member countries and ways of executing agreements in the SCO summit held last September in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan.
Russia, China, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are members of the SCO.
Islamic Republic of Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Mongolia have been attending the SCO meetings as observers since four years ago.
Davoudi has met with Kazakh prime minister and Uzbek Oly Majlis speaker on the sidelines of the meeting and is scheduled to confer with representatives of other participating countries.