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08/27/08

Ahmadinejad Arrives in Dushanbe to Attend SCO Summit

Tehran, Aug 27, IRNA - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Dushanbe Wednesday afternoon to attend the Summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (August 27-28).

Upon his arrival, the Iranian president and his entourage were officially welcomed by Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

President Ahmadinejad will take part in the summit at the invitation of his Tajik counterpart.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Energy Minister Parviz Fattah and senior presidential advisor Mojtaba Samareh-Hashemi are accompanying the Iranian president.

China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are the SCO permanent members, while Iran, India, Mongolia, and Pakistan have observer status.

President Ahmadinejad is to address the summit. He will also review the latest regional and international developments with his counterparts participating in the summit.

SCO is an intergovernmental economic organization which was founded in 2001 by the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Iran to play a determining role in Shanghai summit: Ahmadinejad

Ahmadinejad said in Tehran on Wednesday that Iran's presence in the upcoming Summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization will be determining.

He made the remarks while talking to reporters prior to his departure for Dushanbe.

He added that the consultations among the leaders of the participating countries on the sidelines of the summit will be crucial.

Ahmadinejad said that the latest regional and international developments will be reviewed during his meetings with counterparts participating in the summit.

He expressed hope that the summit will be fruitful and the consultations would benefit the member states, the region and the international community.

He referred to the Shanghai Treaty as a major regional treaty which will find its position across the globe.

The Iranian president further announced that Iran-Tajikistan-Afghanistan trilateral meeting will also be held on the sidelines of the summit.

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