Tehran, Iran, Feb. 28
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani left for Pakistan on the official invitation of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take part in the 13th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Heads of States, IRINN TV reported February 28.
The 13th Economic Cooperation Organization Summit will be held in Islamabad on March 1. It was preceded by the 22nd Meeting of the ECO Council of Foreign Ministers (COM) on February 28.
According to Rouhani’s deputy chief of staff for communications and information, Parviz Esmaeili, the Iranian president is also scheduled to meet with a number of participating heads of state on the sidelines of the Summit.
President Rouhani will be accompanied by a number of ministers and advisers on his two-day visit.
The Summit is expected to review the state of affairs of ECO in the light of the new and emerging global and regional circumstances, and agree on the course of actions ECO should follow in expanding regional economic cooperation among its member states.
The new ECO Vision 2025 is also expected to be adopted in Islamabad meetings. The Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan are the 10 member states of ECO.
The last ECO Summit was held in October 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The 21st COM meeting was held in November 2013 in Tehran, Iran.