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Riyadh Joins Shanghai Cooperation Organization




PARIS, France - Saudi Arabia's cabinet approved on Wednesday a decision to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, as Riyadh builds a long-term partnership with China despite U.S. security concerns.


Saudi Arabia has approved a memorandum on grating the kingdom the status of a dialogue partner in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the state news agency SPA said.


The SCO is a political and security union of countries spanning much of Eurasia, including China, India, and Russia.


Formed in 2001 by Russia, China, and former Soviet states in Central Asia, the body has been expanded to include India and Pakistan, with a view to playing a bigger role as a counterweight to Western influence in the region.


Iran also signed documents for full membership last year.


Joining the SCO was discussed during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Saudi Arabia last December, sources have told Reuters.

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