Baku, Azerbaijan, May 14
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
The Iranian president will pay an official visit to China next week at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart.
Hassan Rouhani will attend the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit to be held in Shanghai, from May 20 to 21, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on May 14.
The Chinese government also has invited Russian president Vladimir Putin and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon to attend the summit.
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.
Rouhani is scheduled to meet with some officials who will participate in the meeting including Vladimir Putin.