Nepal has officially become a Dialogue Partner of the Sanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), after signing a Memorandum on granting Nepal the status of Dialogue Partner of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. Foreign Secretary of Nepal, Mr. Shanker Das Bairagi and SCO Secretary-General, H.E. Dr. Rashid K. Alimov inked the Memorandum today amid a special ceremony held at the SCO Secretariat in Beijing.
Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Honourable Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Honourable Ministers for Commerce and Education, Secretaries and other Members of the delegation witnessed the signing ceremony.
Nepal had applied for dialogue partner of the SCO in 2007 and in 2015 and the 15th SCO Summit held from 09-10 July 2015 in Ufa, Russia decided to grant Nepal the dialogue partner status.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a permanent intergovernmental organization founded on June 15, 2001 by the leaders of Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. At present, four countries, Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia have been granted Observer Status while Ufa Summit has decided to admit India and Pakistan as full members. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey are Dialogue Partners of the SCO.
The Ambassador of Nepal to the People’s Republic of China, Ambassadors of the SCO Member States in Beijing and other officials of the SCO and the Embassy were also present at the ceremony.
Embassy of Nepal
22 March 2016