India's SCO group membership

India, as an Observer at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), has been regularly attending SCO Summits at the Ministerial level and has made clear its readiness to play a larger role in the Organisation. India attended the last SCO Heads of State Summit in Astana on 15th June 2011 and reiterated this position. India is in touch with all  SCO member countries (Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) on India's case for full membership of the Organisation and have received positive responses.

The recent Summit (Astana, June 2011) formally opened the SCO’s doors to new members by approving a 'Memorandum of Obligations', which would enable non-member countries to apply for SCO membership. India is in process of obtaining all relevant documents from the SCO Secretariat for further study before a formal application by India is made.

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