China refuses Iran’s membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization despite Russia’s insistence

China-Iran-leadernews54sf5fs54fERBIL, Kurdistan Region—China has refused to consider making Iran a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) despite Russia’s strong vouching for Tehran, the precise reason for Beijing’s refusal remains unclear.

“The Russian position is clear in its support of initiating the SCO admission process [for Tehran] without delays, if possible,” a special SCO envoy of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bakhtiyor Khakimov, told reporters on Thursday.

“We failed to reach an agreement with our colleagues this time, but the work continues,” he added.