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Iran president heads to China for SCO summit

Tehran, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Friday morning left Tehran for China to take part in the summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The Iranian President who is to attend the 18th summit upon the invitation by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, will also hold bilateral talks with the heads of states and delegations on the sidelines of the event.

He will also meet the heads of some international organizations.

'Four documents will be signed on fighting narcotics and organized crimes, Iran's role in 'One Belt, One Road' initiative, stock exchange and security cooperation, and academic cooperation,' Ali-Asghar Khaji, Iran's ambassador to Beijing said on Thursday.

Some senior officials, such as the Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh, and Minister of Economy Masoud Karbasian are accompanying Rouhani in the visit.

SCO is an international organization founded on June 15, 2001, in China's Shanghai.

The heads of eight member states- China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan- as well as those of the four observer states- Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia- will attend the summit that is to be held from June 9-10.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA