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Iran, Kyrgyzsta stress expansion of political, economic ties

Tehran, Sept 15, IRNA -- President Mohammad Khatami met with Kyrgyzstan President Asghar Akayev on the sidelines of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) meeting in Dushanbe Tuesday.

Khatami said that the two nations should use all their political and economic potentials to expand bilateral cooperation in all areas.

The two nations will achieve constructive results within the framework of their joint economic commission which is to be held in Bishkek, the Iranian president remarked.

He also said that regional trade blocks have important role in the world, adding "ECO members states have many cultural and historical commonalties, ample natural resources and vast markets and the strengthening of the organization will ensure the interests of the countries."

On another issue, he referred to Iran's cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) saying Iran has followed prudent policies in its peaceful nuclear energy program."

Despite a lot of hue and cry, the report by the secretary general of the IAEA has confirmed Iran's cooperation with the nuclear watchdog organizations, Khatami stated.

Akayev also said that holding of the joint economic commission in the next few month will lead to closer ties in all areas.

He lauded Iran's active presence in the reconstruction drive of Afghanistan. "Bishkek is activity pursuing practical ways for lementation of the proposal of the dialogue among civilizations."

He further welcomed the participation of the two nations' private sector in projects as being instrumental in boosting the level of bilateral trade to "twice its present level."

The Kyrgyz president further underscored the two nations common views on the role of ECO saying "Iran pays an important role in preserving security in the region."

Meanwhile, Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov was selected as the rotating president of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) here on Tuesday at the 8th Summit Meeting of the Heads of State of ECO Member States.

The 13th meeting of the council of the foreign ministers of member states of the Economic Cooperation Organization was headed by Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Askar Aytmatov.

The 8th Summit Meeting of the Heads of State of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Member States started in the Tajik capital on Tuesday.

President Mohammad Khatami, who arrived in Dushanbe Saturday evening in the final leg of his three-nation tour of the regional countries, delivered a speech at the first round of the summit meeting today. He visited Armenia and Belarus before his arrival in Tajikistan.

The 10-member ECO consisted of Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

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