Published: Thu, March 02, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Iran's president to take part in 13th ECO summit in Pakista


The Turkish president made the remark while addressing a meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization in Islamabad, further calling on the ECO and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to show determination in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

"The summit gives us a very important opportunity to look at the general picture of the organization...see our deficiencies and strengthen our vision accordingly", the president said. As for Turkey, we are ready for a trade boost, which is also part of our 2023 vision, " Erdoğan added.

In his concluding remarks prior to adjourning the meeting, the prime minister thanked all the delegates including heads of the state and government, observers and special guests for their valuable contribution and thought in the meeting.

ECO was established in 1985 by Pakistan, Iran and Turkey with Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan joining in 1992.

Over the past years the member states have been collaborating to accelerate the pace of regional development through their common endeavors.

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He said the holding of 13th ECO Summit in Pakistan is a good omen and it will help implement long terms plans of the Organization.

Aziz described the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as an outstanding example of the theme of connectivity and it will augment the existing and planned transit and energy corridors in ECO region for greater progress and prosperity for the people of the area.

The ECO is a Eurasian political and economic intergovernmental organization whose members include Turkey, Pakistan, Iran and a number of Central Asian countries. Being a founding ECO member, Pakistan was committed to the ECO objectives, he said. He said ECO countries have friendly ties with China in terms of cultural linkages, proximity, and old China Silk Road.

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