Turkish science minister due in Iran for D8 summit

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Turkish Minister of Sciences, Industry and Technology Fikri Isik would arrive in Tehran on Tuesday for Eight Developing Islamic Countries (D8) Summit.

He would visit Iran at top of a delegation for the 4th D8 summit scheduled to be held for three days in Tehran.

Isik is scheduled to meet with his counterparts from other countries to discuss ways for the further expansion of bilateral ties.

The Developing-8 is a group of developing countries with large Muslim populations that have formed an economic development alliance. It consists of Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey.

The D8 was founded by Necmettin Erbakan, former Turkish Prime Minister. The group was established after an announcement in Istanbul, Turkey on June 15, 1997. Membership is open to countries other than the current member-states, though no expansion is currently planned.

The D8 summit is held annually with the aim of exchanging views among the member states.



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