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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Iran to Join Russia/China Led Alliance?

Apologies to Rick Giles.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is a military alliance. It is bigger and far better armed than the old Warsaw Pact.

Russia, China and Iran, India and Pakistan all allied against the US?

Time to wake up, West.

From Novosti

TEHRAN, July 24 (RIA Novosti) - Iran's president will take part in the August 16 summit of a security cooperation grouping dominated by China and Russia, to be held in Kyrgyzstan, a senior Iranian diplomat said Tuesday.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia and China - was set up to collaborate on security-related issues, but increasingly focuses on economics and transportation. The SCO runs a joint anti-terrorism center in Shanghai and has India, Pakistan, and Iran as observers.

Deputy Iranian Foreign Minister Mahdi Safari said: "According to our information, the heads of SCO member states, the Mongolian president, and the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan will participate in the session in [Kyrgyz capital] Bishkek."

"As Iran was represented by our president [Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] at the last summit in Shanghai, we will try to participate in the Bishkek session to as great an extent as possible," Safari said.

Safari said he had submitted in April an application to the president of Kyrgyzstan, which currently chairs the SCO, for full-fledged participation in the organization.

"We are waiting for a decision from the SCO member countries with whose representatives we have already held serious consultations," he said.


Blogger Forensic morsels said...

Ignoring of course the vast degree of mistrust that exists between India and Pakistan, and the severely contradicting aims of Iran and Pakistan in Afgnahistan, ho hum.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

There was a "vast degree of mistrust" between Russia and China for the last 30 years.

What happened to that Fergus?

8:29 PM  
Blogger Forensic morsels said...

That was ideology and personalities, India and Pakistan is a nasty wee mix of geopolitical, religious (partly) and historical grievances. (Plus 4 major wars, Russia and China only had border clashes).

You're free to speculate on such alliances but I think its highly unlikely and if they were ever to happen the motivation or uniting force would be a mix of perceived shared strategic or economic interests and opportunism, not some ideological alignment. As such it would be unlikely to last beyond those limited goals.

11:31 PM  

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