TASHKENT (Agencies) A regional security organisation dominated by Russia and China agreed on Friday to open its doors to new members with the exception of Iran, recently slapped with sanctions over its nuclear programme. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) adopted the guidelines, seen as potentially allowing observer nations India and Pakistan to join, at its annual summit in the Uzbek capital Tashkent. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hailed the new guidelines as laying the foundation for expanding the SCO framework. But Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the leader of another SCO observer nation, Iran, stayed away from the summit after his country was slapped with fresh sanctions approved by the UN Security Council this week. Russias Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the newly adopted guidelines do not allow countries under UN sanctions to obtain membership, a major blow to Iran which sorely needs international support. It is written very clearly that one of the criteria (for membership) is that it is necessary not to be under UN Security Council sanctions, Lavrov told reporters. If the Security Council has introduced sanctions, then that country cannot become a full member. Analysts said approving the membership guidelines would not immediately bring in new SCO members since observer nations like India and Pakistan have testy ties and China has not yet signalled support for the groups expansion. A Chinese diplomat, Zhang Xiao, said the blueprint adopted Friday was just the start of work in this direction. In fact, approving this document does not automatically mean the expansion of the SCO, said Zhang, deputy director-general for European and Central Asian affairs at Chinas foreign ministry. The job already done represents only one percent, we have another 99 percent to do. Poor security in Afghanistan and ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan will also likely weigh against the groups immediate expansion, analysts said. Pakistan, India and Mongolia - as well as Iran - are observers. Belarus and Sri Lanka are dialogue partners. Meanwhile addressing the 10th summit of the SCO, President Asif Ali Zardari called for deeper regional cooperation against extremism and terrorism and vowed that Pakistan would continue to play its key role for greater peace and stability. Zardari said the regional countries must also join hands to address the root causes that lead to acts of violence and terrorism. He said terrorism stems from abject poverty and its vital that the issue is addressed by creating economic activity and employment generation so that the people on the fringes of extremism are lured to productive tasks. He pointed out that narco-money was being used to fund terrorist activities and called for greater collaboration to stem it. President said Pakistan was confronting terrorism and extremism with a resolve to rid its soil and for greater peace and stability. He called for increased collaboration between Pakistan and the SCOs Business Council and inter-bank consortium to boost trade and commercial ties. He said it would bring in more development and progress, besides greater economic stability. Zardari said, Pakistan, owing to its strategic position, provides shortest and fastest trade corridors to link the Central Asian Republics (CARs) to the rest of the world. He also mentioned other challenges that the country was facing and said Pakistan can address the grave energy crisis by increasing cooperation in the field of energy with the SCO members. President Zardari also extended full support to Afghanistan to help it fight extremism and in its reconstruction efforts. He said his country believes that a strong and stable Afghanistan is in the best interest of the entire region. He said the law and order situation in Afghanistan is having a negative impact on the entire region and the two countries would work together towards a better future. He said Pakistan would continue to assist the peace efforts in Afghanistan. The President also extended support to the SCOs stance towards Afghanistan and Kyrgystan. Zardari also presented a powerful case for inclusion of Pakistan into the SCO fold and said Pakistan was the gateway to the landlocked CARs with historical and cultural links that span centuries. Earlier the SCO summit approved a series of documents, including the Tashkent Declaration, the SCO Rules of Procedure, and the regulation on procedure for future membership expansion. The SCO members agreed in the Tashkent Declaration to further enhance cooperation in combating terrorism, separatism and extremism, illegal drug trade and organised transnational crime. Uzbek President Islam Karimov in his opening speech stressed the need for strengthening political and economic cooperation and stepping up anti-terrorism efforts to secure peace and stability among the SCO countries. Chinese President Hu Jintao in his address called for strengthening cooperation among member states of the SCO. He urged new cooperation models and proposed ways to identify non-resource sectors as a new priority for economic cooperation. He also made a six-point proposal including strengthening mutual trust, stepping up counter-terrorism efforts, improving the SCO institutional building and decision-making mechanism, and promoting its transparency and inclusiveness. Hu said the world has become multipolar and underlined the need for increase in multilateral trade and interconnectivity among SCO countries. He said China would provide US10 billion for undertaking of projects in SCO countries. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for setting up a special fund to complete projects in member countries of SCO. He said terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking are difficult challenges and India would support SCO countries to tackle these issues in an effective manner. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on Iran for its peaceful nuclear programme but on the other hand nothing was done against the country who fired upon and killed people on board the ship carrying humanitarian goods for Gaza which was facing blockade. He said Iran would not compromise on its nuclear programme as it was for peaceful purposes. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said terrorism and extremism were curses for Afghanistan and people of his country were facing the menace with bravery and courage.