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Iran's Ahmadinejad arrives in Turkey

Source: ISNA

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Turkey on Monday morning for the 4th UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Ahmadinejad (left) shakes hands with Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Dec 2010

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Ahmadinejad's Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei are accompanying the Iranian President during the trip.

Ahmadinejad returns home Monday evening after the conference.

Ahmadinejad and Salehi are scheduled to meet with Turkish officials as well.

The conference of "least-developed countries" lists 48 members, including Afghanistan and Yemen.

Up to 10,000 delegates are expected to attend the five-day forum, which starts Monday. Among them are the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The goal of the meeting is to promote ways to reduce poverty and hunger in impoverished countries, in coordination with international partners.

Social issues such as gender equality will also be discussed.

Thirty-three of the least-developed countries are in Africa, 14 are in Asia and one - Haiti - is in the Americas.

The last such conference was hosted by the European Union in Brussels in 2001. France hosted the two previous ones in 1990 and 1981.

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