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Presidents heading to Tehran for counter-terrorism conference

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

High-ranking officials from more than 60 countries, including several heads of state, have accepted Iran's invitation to attend the Global Campaign against Terrorism Conference, conference secretary general Bahman Taherian-Mobarakeh stated at a press conference in Tehran on Monday.

Bahman Taherian-Mobarakeh
 Bahman Taherian-Mobarakeh

The conference is scheduled to be held in the Iranian capital from June 25 to 26.

Taherian-Mobarakeh stated that the United Nations, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Asia Cooperation Dialogue, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Economic Cooperation Organization, and Interpol are among the international and regional organizations which have been officially invited to send representatives to the conference.

He said that the list of officials who plan to participate in the conference will be released later.

However, Taherian-Mobarakeh did not name the countries which have decided to send representatives to the conference.

It is expected that more countries will announce their interest in attending the event, he said.

He went on to say that the conference will greatly contribute to the campaign against terrorism.

The roots of terrorism, the roles of international and regional organizations in the campaign against terrorism, and the view of divine religions on terrorism are some of the topics that will be discussed during the conference, IRNA reported.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Taherian-Mobarakeh said that Iran, as one of the main victims of terrorism, has taken great steps in the campaign against terrorism and is keen to share its experiences in this regard with other countries.

The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that all countries have untapped potential which must be utilized in order to help root out terrorism, he added.

Although Taherian-Mobarakeh did not name the officials who have accepted the invitation to attend the conference, the Mehr News Agency announced the names of a number of the participants.

According to MNA, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir have agreed to attend the conference.

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