MINSK, 10 February (BelTA) - Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko signed Decree No.31, which approves the draft memorandum of understanding of the obligations of Belarus to become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.
Belarus has been a dialogue partner of the SCO since 2010, and has the status of an observer at the organization since 2015. The procedure for the admission of the country to the SCO membership was initiated in 2022. It is necessary to sign and ratify a memorandum, and also join a number of documents that constitute the contractual and legal framework of this integration association.
The draft memorandum defines Belarus' general obligations to comply with the goals and principles of international agreements adopted by the SCO, the terms of accession to such agreements, financial aspects of joining the organization, as well as provisions on filling quota positions in its bodies.
The authority to sign the memorandum has been granted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.