Iran has applied for membership at the CIS Rail Transport Council, as associate member. Currently, Iran has an observatory status. Iranian Vice Minister for Transport, Roads and Urban Development and President of Iranian Railways (RAI), Dr. Mohsen Pour Seyed Aghaie, signed the membership request during the 60th session of CIS Council, taking place in Astana.
CIS Rail Transport Council include as permanent members the railway administrations of Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Georgia, Latvia, Bulgaria and Finland are associate members of the CIS council, while Lithuania and Estonia participate at the council sessions based on special agreements.