Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in China on Tuesday night to attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) taking place in Beijing on Wednesday and Thursday. Iran, along with Mongolia, India and Pakistan, hold observer status at SCO. China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kirghizstan are the organization’s full members.
Today, the Chinese and Russian presidents issued a joint statement at the end of their meeting in Beijing calling for a peaceful resolution to Iran’s nuclear issue. The statements said that the efforts should be made to prevent the Iranian situation from escalating into military confrontation.