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Tehran to host 11 leading world mayors as special guests

TEHRAN, Nov. (Mehr News Agency) - The Secretary of the 1st Asian Mayors Forum, Mahmoud Mohammadi, said on Saturday that 11 most-outstanding mayors of the world will attend the Tehran conference as "special guests."

The conference which will be hosted by Tehran Municipality will run from November 19 to 20.

"So far 28 countries have announced their readiness to attend the conference... it is predicted that this number will exceed 30," Mohammadi told reporters.

Mohammadi said the forum's main motto is "Asia for citizens, integration for a better life."

In a report posted on the forum's website, Mohammadi said, "Asia is the cradle of religions, cultures, and age-old civilizations that have contributed to the building of civilizations and rich culture in today's world and these developments have been brought about by Asians. Hence, we attach special importance to Asian citizens as the most important capitals that belong to Asia as a geographical zone since the very past and are making efforts today for integration and a better life."

Strengthening social and cultural ties between Asian metropolises is the main aim of the forum.

It will also provide mayors an opportunity to discuss municipal issues, to share experiences in urban changes and management, and find strategic solutions to urban problems.

Two other meetings on challenges facing Asian countries and local rules will be held on the sidelines of the two-day event.

... Payvand News - 11/16/08 ... --

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