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“SCO membership will improve Afghan economy”

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A number of MPs and analysts have said that membership of Afghanistan in Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is vital for fixing the country’s economy on condition that the government succeeds to receive full membership of the organization.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Monday said that Salahuddin Rabbani the Minister of Foreign Affairs will soon travel to China to discuss full membership of Afghanistan in SCO.

Abdul Qadir Zazai Watandost, member of international relations committee of the Wolesi Jirga, says that full membership of Afghanistan in SCO can increase investment and trade in the country.

He was quoted by Radio Azadi on Tuesday, as saying that major economic countries like China are members of the organization which can benefit the economy of Afghanistan.

He said that as a great opportunity, the developed and big countries can bring major projects here in the country. “We support this, and it will be good news for the Afghan people if the government succeeds to gain full membership of the organization,” he said.

Head of the Afghanistan Strategic Studies Center, Abdul Ghafur Liwal, said that membership of Afghanistan in SCO is important both for the country and for the region.

“Shanghai is an important area for Afghanistan. China can play crucial role both for economy and security in the country. Membership of the country in SCO is vital for improving the Afghan economy,” he said.

Afghanistan has the membership of ECO and SAARC but it is said that the organizations have had symbolic role and the goals of them have not been achieved due to competition among member countries of the organizations.

Critics believe that Afghanistan should boost its ties with the regional countries, the international community and other regional and world organizations in a bid to improve its economy.

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