Baku, Azerbaijan, May 20
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's presence in the summit of Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) has a special importance in terms of peace and stability in the region, the country's president Hassan Rouhani has announced.
Rouhani made the remarks before leaving Tehran for Shanghai to attend the upcoming CICA summit which is scheduled to be held on May 20-21, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on May 20.
The president went on to say that on May 22 he will hold mutual meetings with head of some countries who will participate in the summit.
He also stressed importance of mutual ties with China for Iran, adding that "the relations should be boosted even more."
"Iran's economic ties are going further towards the eastern countries including India, Japan and China," Rouhani underlined.
"Iran has extensive relations with these countries and our ties with China is very good in different fields including trade, energy, industry, science and technology," he added.
The CICA is an inter-governmental forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia. It is a forum based on the recognition that there is close link between peace, security and stability in Asia and in the rest of the world.
The idea of convening the CICA was first proposed by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev on October 5 1992, at the 47th Session of the UN General Assembly.
CICA currently has 24 member states - Azerbaijan, Iran, Israel, Afghanistan, China, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestine, South Korea, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Bahrain, Cambodia, Vietnam and Uzbekistan are among the CICA members.