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Ahmadinejad Arrives In Istanbul For ECO Summit

Source: Press TV

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in the Turkish city of Istanbul to attend the 11th summit of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).

Economic Cooperation Organization

The leaders of 10 ECO member states will attend the summit which will begin on Thursday.

The 10th ECO summit was held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, in March 2009.

Iranian Foreign Ministry caretaker Ali Akbar Salehi arrived in Istanbul and delivered a speech at the 19th Council of Ministers Meeting of the ECO earlier on Wednesday.

Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar will also head to Istanbul on Thursday to attend the meeting of ECO interior ministers.

Mohammad-Najjar is to address the summit and hold talks with his counterparts at the event, ISNA quoted Director-General of the Iranian Interior Ministry's Public Relations Office Mehdi Azar-Makan as saying on Wednesday.

ECO is an intergovernmental regional organization established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey with the aim of promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation among member states.

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

ECO members intend to establish a single market for goods and services, much like the European Union.

The ECO secretariat and cultural department are located in Tehran while its economic bureau is in Turkey and its scientific bureau in Pakistan.

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