Turkey has been selected as "a dialogue partner" for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Chinese president said Wednesday.
Hu Jintao said the dialogue partner status for Turkey was unanimously approved during a meeting in Beijing by Chinese, Russian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik and Uzbek presidents, adding that the organization gave Afghanistan an observer status.
SCO's other dialogue partner countries are Belarus and Sri Lanka.
Turkey pleased with receiving dialogue partner status in SCO
On the other hand, Turkish Foreign Ministry stated Turkey was glad that it has received "dialogue partner" status in the SCO.
A statement by the ministry said that Turkey's application for "dialogue partner" status was unanimously approved during a meeting in Beijing by Chinese, Russian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik and Uzbek presidents.
"We are glad with this decision," the statement said.
SCO is an intergovernmental mutual-security organisation which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.