Iran attends ECO summit in Afghanistan
Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini has arrived in Afghanistan to attend the summit of ministers of culture of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member statesm, Press TV reported.
Hosseini arrived in the Afghan capital of Kabul and was welcomed by Afghan officials and Iranian Ambassador to Afghanistan Fada Hossein Maleki on Sunday morning, IRNA reports.
The summit of culture ministers of ECO member states is scheduled to be held on Monday in Kabul.
Meanwhile, the Iranian minister also plans to inaugurate the second Iran - Afghanistan Friendship Exhibition to be held in Kabul for a week.
The ECO is an intergovernmental regional organization established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey with the aim of promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation among member states.
The organization was expanded in 1992 to include seven new members, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
ECO members intend to establish a single market for goods and services, much like the European Union.
ECO's secretariat and cultural departments are located in Tehran, its economic bureau is in Turkey and its scientific bureau is based in Pakistan.