Reform of ECO is necessary, Iranian Deputy FM says
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 24
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) should be reformed to cover increasing demands of the members and regional countries, Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, Abbas Araqchi said, the country's ISNA news agency reported on Feb. 24.
Araqchi made the remarks in the opening ceremony of ECO`s 24th Regional Planning Council meeting (RPC) in Tehran on Feb. 23.
He went on to say that, regional cooperation and boosting relations with the neighboring countries are priorities of Iran's foreign policy.
"The ECO has key role in the realization of this policy," he added.
He said the organization has to pay more attention to such important issues as trade, health and food security.
ECO Secretary-General Shamil Aleskerov and the organization member states' representatives are attending the four-day event. The meeting will be wrapped up on Feb. 26.
ECO comprises ten member states including Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
It was initially founded by Iran, Turkey and Pakistan in 1962 but in 1993 included other regional countries.
Edited by C.N.