Zarif back home from Turkey

IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned home late Saturday after taking part in the 18th meeting of the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation in Turkey.

Zarif delivered a lecture during the meeting in Antalya where he called on D8 member states to counter irresponsible and unlawful measures such as sanctions against Iran.

“Members of the group are required more than any other time to promote economic and commercial multilateralism,” he said.

Unilateral commercial measures, retaliatory moves and economic sanctions can disturb global economy and undermine multilateral cooperation at a time when it is terribly needed, he said.

The 18th meeting of D8 attended by Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was held in Antalya on Saturday. He arrived in Turkey late Friday.

D8 is an organization for development cooperation among the following countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Nigeria, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Turkey.

The objectives of D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation are to improve member states’ position in the global economy, diversify and create new opportunities in trade relations, enhance participation in decision-making at international level, and improve standards of living. D-8 is a global arrangement rather than a regional one, as the composition of its members reflects.

Organization for Economic Cooperation (D-8) is a forum with no adverse impact on bilateral and multilateral commitments of the member countries, emanating from their membership in other international or regional organizations.

The idea of cooperation among major Muslim developing countries was mooted by Necmettin Erbakan, the then Prime Minister of Turkey, during a Seminar on ‘Cooperation in Development’ which was held in Istanbul in October 1996.