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Iran FM to attend ACD meeting in Kuwait

Iran Materials 8 October 2011 08:19
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi plans to visit Kuwait next week to attend the 10th ministerial meeting of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD).
Iran FM to attend ACD meeting in Kuwait

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi plans to visit Kuwait next week to attend the 10th ministerial meeting of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), Press TV reported.

On Friday, Salehi told reporters in Tehran that he would travel to Kuwait on Monday to participate in the two-day event, which runs from October 10 to 11.

Asked if Iran would continue talks with Bahraini officials, Salehi replied that the Foreign Ministry will consider the interests of the nation and the Muslim ummah in every international forum.

He also said that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to travel to Pakistan in the near future but the exact date of the visit has not been set, adding that during Ahmadinejad's visit the third Iran-Afghanistan-Pakistan meeting will be held in Islamabad.

Established in 2002, the Asian Cooperation Dialogue seeks to promote Asian cooperation at a continental level and to help integrate separate regional cooperation organizations.

The ACD also aims to consolidate Asian strengths and fortify Asia's competitiveness by maximizing the diversity and rich resources in Asia.

The body, originally founded by 18 members, currently comprises 31 states.

Iran joined the ACD on June 21, 2004.

The 9th ACD ministerial meeting was held in Tehran from November 8 to 9 last year.

ACD ministerial meetings were also held in Thailand in 2002 and 2003, China in 2004, Pakistan in 2005, Qatar in 2006, South Korea in 2007, Kazakhstan in 2008, and Sri Lanka in 2009. The 11th gathering will be held in Tajikistan in 2012.

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