President: Iran to discuss anti-terrorism campaign with ECO member states

FNA- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he plans to confer with members of the Economic Cooperation Organization about ways to strengthen campaign against terrorism in the region during the upcoming ECO summit in Pakistan on Wednesday.

“Today, the regional conditions are highly sensitive and unfortunately, some problems, including terrorism, have arisen in the region in recent years, and during the ECO summit, this issue will be studied with ECO leaders in addition to economic cooperation and security and regional issues,” President Rouhani told reporters before leaving the country for Islamabad on Tuesday.

He expressed the hope that security would be revived to the region through cooperation among the regional states.

President Rouhani also underscored the importance of the relations with neighbors for Iran, adding that most ECO members are Iran’s neighbors and cooperation among them is of vital importance to the future of the region.

Earlier this month, President Rouhani in a telephone conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif called for a more active role of the member-states of the Economic Cooperation Organization to uphold ECO’s status.

“The 13th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Pakistan will hopefully help forge closer ties between member-states and strengthen cooperation in the regional organization,” President Rouhani said.

The Iranian president said that the Islamic Revolution created a unique opportunity for deepening ties with neighboring and Muslim states, and said, “Iran and Pakistan boast extensive facilities to boost economic, political and cultural cooperation, which should be used in line with both nations’ interests.”

Nawaz Sharif, for his part, congratulated the Iranian government and people on the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, and said, “Further development of relations with Iran is a top priority of Pakistan’s foreign policy.”

The Pakistani prime minister described Iran as a friendly and brotherly country to Pakistan, and said, “We are trying to further strengthen bilateral relations.”

Sharif also invited President Rouhani to attend the 13th ECO Summit, and said that Iran’s presence in the meeting is very significant for promoting the status of the ECO.

ECO is an intergovernmental regional organization established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey, which provides a platform to promote economic, technical and cultural cooperation among member-states.

The organization was expanded in 1992 to include seven new members, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.