Iran calls on body to function as a mechanism to avert sanctions imposed by the West

Members of the China and Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization on Friday endorsed Iran's future membership of the bloc that already includes South Asian rivals India and Pakistan.

The move comes as Moscow and Beijing have moved to assert themselves as key players in the region, after the United States' hasty retreat from Afghanistan and the Taliban's takeover of the country. 

"Today we will launch procedures to admit Iran as a member of the SCO," said Chinese President Xi Jinping.... Read More: i24