Heading a political-parliamentary delegation, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad early Thursday to participate in and deliver a speech to the 16th Session of the D-8 Council of Ministers scheduled for December 19, Press TV reported on Dec. 19.
During his day-long visit, the top Iranian diplomat will also hold talks with Pakistani officials as well as a number of the foreign ministers of D-8 member states.
The D-8, also known as Developing-8, was officially established on June 15, 1997, to promote cooperation on development. The organization comprises of eight Islamic countries, namely Iran, Nigeria, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh.
The D-8 objectives are to upgrade the member states' status in the global economy, diversify and create new opportunities in trade relations, enhance participation in decision-making at the international level and improve standards of living in the member countries.
The D-8 Council of Ministers is the political decision-making body of D-8, and acts as a forum for a thorough and comprehensive consideration of the issues at hand.