Iran's Agriculture Minister participates in ECO meeting
Iran's Minister of Agricultural Jihad Sadeq Khalilian attended the 5th ministerial meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Turkey and presented Iran's proposals for strengthening agricultural cooperation among ECO members, Fars agency reported.
The ECO meeting which kicked off in Antalya, Turkey, Thursday will particularly focus on a wide range of issues with a particular emphasis on food security.
The Iranian minister is scheduled to meet with his counterparts participating in the event.
The expert-level meeting was held from November 13-14.
The ECO has 10 member-states at present time. Turkey, Republic of Azerbaijan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are member-states of ECO.
The ECO is an intergovernmental organization involving seven Asian and three Eurasian nations, part of the South-central Asian Union. It provides a platform to discuss ways to improve development and promote trade, and investment opportunities. The ECO is an ad hoc organization under the United Nations Charter (Chap. VIII). The common objective is to establish a single market for goods and services, much like the European Union.
ECO's secretariat and cultural department are located in Tehran, its economic bureau is in Turkey and its scientific bureau is situated in Pakistan. The organization's population is 416,046,863 and the area is 8,620,697 km². The organization was founded by Turkey, Iran and Pakistan.