TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri on Thursday left Tehran for the Russian resort city of Sochi to attend the 16th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s member-states.

In his address to the high-profile meeting, Jahangiri will talk about optimal use of SCO’s capacities to develop regional cooperation.

The Iranian first vice president will also elaborate on Iran’s capacities in various economic, scientific, technical, and other fields, particularly in the post-JCPOA era.

Iranian Minister of Industry, Mining and Trade Mohammad Shariatmadari is accompanying Jahangiri in his trip to Russia.

Sochi will host the SCO gathering on Thursday and Friday.

The heads of governments of India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, will attend the event to exchange views on the current regional and global situation and discuss a broad range of issues of further economic and humanitarian cooperation in the framework of the SCO, according to TASS.

Representatives of the SCO observer states – Iran, Afghanistan, Belarus and Mongolia, and also heads of the Secretariat, the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure, the Business Council, the SCO interbank group and some international and regional organizations will also take part in the meeting.

The Declaration on the Establishment of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was signed in China’s Shanghai in June 2001 by six founding states – Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan became full-fledged members on June 9, 2017, while Iran, Afghanistan, Belarus, and Mongolia enjoy observer status.

Sri Lanka, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal are dialogue partners.