Turkish FM attends forum on poverty in least developed countries

Türkiye Materials 12 May 2011 04:27 (UTC +04:00)

Turkey 's foreign minister attended Wednesday a forum on "poverty in least developed countries" held within the scope of the ongoing UN summit in Istanbul, Anadolu Agency reported.

Speaking at the gathering, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the "least developed country" expression was not a nice description as many countries listed in this category had rich cultural and economic backgrounds.

Davutoglu said a more positive expression should be used while describing the situation in these countries.

The foreign minister also noted that least developed countries might be poor at the moment, however, they would have a bright future.

Briefing the participants on details of the Istanbul Action Plan to be adopted at the end of the summit, Davutoglu said efforts were needed for a fair global economic order.

Delivering a speech at the forum, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), said that least developed countries were open to external effects as they had fragile economies.

Ihsanoglu said all countries and their leaders should express support for the lasting and comprehensive economic development of least developed countries.