WEF calls for Iran's active presence in Davos energy section

Iran Materials 1 November 2008 11:43 (UTC +04:00)

Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, called for Iran's active presence on energy section in the next Davos meeting, reported ISNA.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki is in Istanbul, Turkey to take part in the "World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia" on the sidelines of which he met Schwab.

Such regional gatherings can bring chances for businessmen and industry owners to advance economic plans, Schwab said and stressed that it is necessary for Iranian elites to take part in Davos meetings.

Mottaki on his part said the current dissatisfaction seen in the US is caused by the country's failed policies and its financial confusion.

Mottaki also held a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Ali Babacan where they expressed hope to hold a joint economic commission soon in a bid to review new capacities for cooperation.

The Iranian minister referred to the rise of insecurity and narcotics production in Afghanistan and added "we hope neighboring countries could do their best to bring back peace to the country."

He also criticized Israel's risky role in Palestine, Lebanon and Caucasus developments which puts the countries' territorial integrity in danger.

Also in another meeting, Turkish Foreign Trade Minister, Kursad Tuzmen, evaluated the amount of Iran-Turkey trade exchanges in 2008 about 11 billion dollars and expressed hope the two neighbors could expand ties in all spheres.

He also said his country is set to cooperate on building railroads between the two countries and connecting them to Turkey's northern borders.

He then underlined the necessity of further exchanges through the two sides' roads, airlines and railroads saying it will help flourish economy.

Also concerning delivering Turkmenistan's gas to Turkey through Iran, Tuzmen said his country is set to put the project into action.

Mottaki for his part said "we are sure Tehran and Ankara are able to work well on energy, electricity, trading projects."

In another visit Mottaki sympathized with Pakistani Prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, over the country's recent earthquake which hit southwestern province of Balochistan on Wednesday and claimed the lives of many.

Mottaki also expressed hope consultations between the two sides could pave the way for economic cooperation and prevent outcomes of the US wrong policies on regional economy.

Gilani for his part expressed hope necessary steps for implementing Peace Pipeline project would be taken soon.