TEHRAN, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi said here Tuesday that Tehran has been invited to the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit but has not yet decided whether to attend it or not.
Earlier this week, local media reported that Iran's President Hassan Rouhani would pay an official visit to the Kyrgyz capital city of Bishkek in September to participate in the SCO summit.
"The SCO summit is of high importance in Eurasian region and Iran, as an observer, has actively participated in its meetings," Araqchi said at his weekly press briefing, adding that "For this ( year's) summit, Iran has also been invited, but no final decision for participation in the summit has been made yet."
"The final decision in this regard will be made by the president (Rouhani)," said the spokesman.
In case Iran decides to attend the summit, it would be Rouhani' s first foreign trip since taking office on Aug. 4.
The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic and military organization which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Iran currently has observer status in the organization and applied for full membership on 24 March, 2008. However, because of ongoing sanctions levied by the UN, it is blocked from admission as a new member. The SCO stated that any country under UN sanctions cannot be admitted.